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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Society Clowns: 1923

Society Clowns: 1923

A "society circus" held on April 4, 1923, most likely in the vicinity of Washington, D.C. From the National Photo Company collection. View full size.

 

B. Google under the hat?

I'm going to surmise that the broad-brimmed hat clown is supposed to be Barney Google, given what seems to be strange eye makeup, and the "Spark Plug" label on the horse.

A different Barney and Spark Plug made an appearance a few months later. (Shorpy #4445)

clowns

when I was little I was scared of clowns, except Bozo.

Scary looking clowns....

They probably could scare the be-jesus out of little kids,
especially the guy with the wide brimed hat: "mamma I had another nightmare about them clowns, can I sleep with you and daddy?"

 
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