Saturday, July 16, 2016
A London-based circus clown named Stan Bult established the Clown Egg Register in the 1940s to allow professional clowns to copyright their makeup designs and protect their intellectual property rights.
The eggs were stored in Bult’s home until his death in 1966, after which they were moved to a London restaurant. Many of the fragile faces broke over the ensuing years. Twenty-four of Bult's original clown eggs are on display at the Wookey Hole Clown Museum.
Unlike the Bult-era eggs, which focused solely on faces, today’s eggs also incorporate elements of each performer’s costume. The clowns help the egg creation process by sending fabric swatches and photos of their made-up faces.