Happy Easter to all! I can still picture in my mind my mother boiling the eggs and preparing the Easter egg coloring kit and that unique vinegar smell that came along with that coloring process. And I can recall the excitement we all felt knowing that soon we all would receive a chocolate Easter bunny almost as big as us.
I wonder who was the first person to color an Easter egg? According to Wikipedia® “The egg is a symbol of the rebirth of the Earth in celebrations of spring and was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus.”
I’m not sure who was first but I found a patent issued in 1890 for an Easter egg. I guess people have been marking eggs for a long time.
In my search I located a couple of Easter baskets from the early 20th century and a couple mechanical Easter toys.
I thought it might be interesting to share those with the readers. It appears that there is an invention and a registered patent for every occasion.
My search led me to many utility patents and design patents. At Thanksgiving I wrote a blog post regarding the difference between a utility and a design patent.
As you know the two are defined as follows:
- Utility Patents: For any process, machine, composition of matter or manufacture
- Design Patents: For any original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture
Here are a couple examples of Easter design and utility patents. Happy Easter everyone! If you click on any of these drawings it will lead you to a .PDF of the actual patent.