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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Circus Clowns: 1947

Circus Clowns: 1947

1947 or 48. Webster Brothers Circus clowns. Middle clown is Happy Holmes, my wife is in the back, holding her ears. View full size.

Calliope

You can see a calliope in the background, as well. I have suitcases of pictures- unfortunately, some are not in good condition, but it's a lot to go through :).

What came next?

Based on her fingers-in-ears stance, I suppose the Joey was milliseconds from getting a faceful of soot as the Auguste squeezed the bulb of his exploding camera in reaction to being swatted on the keister by the Midget.

What a Series!

Bryantrv, these are all wonderful photos!!! Thanks for sharing them.

 
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