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Evil Clowns: 1925

Evil Clowns: 1925

Washington circa 1925. "Y.W.C.A. Circus." Very little to go on here, but maybe that's just as well. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


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I knew it!

Oh my gosh. This photograph startled me out of my chair. I knew clowns were evil and this photograph proves it. Bad Clown.

Been There

As an old, retired circus clown the comments here break my heart, but that photograph scares the snot out of me.

Re: Pagliacci

Now I realize what this photo reminded me of... the Seinfeld episode where their unhinged accquaintance was dressed as Pagliacci. And the look on Kramer's face when he was asked by the clown whether he was still scared of clowns.



Didn't anyone else see Heath Ledger's Joker in the guy in the middle?


The Head Clown seems to be enjoying this a little too much.

Clown Antecedents

Historically speaking, the clown "look" can be traced back to the costumes of commedia dell'arte in 16th-century Italy.


Underestimated the creepiness factor again.

These two "Circus" photos

look like the Mikado met Pagliacci during a Midsummer's Night Dream.

Kalico Kurtain Klown Kostume

That's the first Maria von Trapp original clown costume I've ever seen. I also don't believe I've ever seen clowns in sensible dress shoes with tidy spats.

Point of order

"Evil Clowns" is redundant.

[As is this comment! - Dave]

Just what we'd expect.

Clowns and Washington go hand in hand.

Meeting of the kinds

Sort of Emmett the Clown meets the KKK.


Now there's some good fuel for a clown phobia.

All Dolled Up

Who's to say these aren't Klansmen all dolled up in their Sunday-go-to-Beatin' robes?

Hey little girl

Wanna have some candy? I'm sure someone can answer this, is there some historical basis for a clown costume? Some circuses have these "Zippy the Pinhead" costumes, is it because it is easier to smuggle kids out of a circus?
P.S. clowns creep me out.

Can't Sleep.....

Clowns will eat me.

Note to self: do not read Shorpy when you have insomnia. Now you will have nightmares!



No laughing matter

The guy in the middle is trying to eat my soul with his eyes. Also, calling clowns evil is entirely redundant. What else could they possibly be?

Send in the Klowns

Just when I thought those Klan photos were the kreepiest ever, this showed up. All those parading Klansmen would have screamed and run the other way if their parade had collided with the YWCA Circus parade.

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