Vintage Clowns: Quaint, Not Scary … Yet
Clowns have gotten a bad rap in recent decades. Blame Stephen King and serial killer John Wayne Gacy for helping to transform a wholesome symbol of childhood merriment into something that haunts our nightmares. A century and a quarter ago, at the turn of the 20th century, clowns were in their heyday thanks to their starring role in traveling circuses.
In this collection of colorized photographs of vintage clowns from days gone by, we will try not to trigger anyone’s coulrophobia or fear of clowns. Instead, we want to show the evolution of clowns and how beloved they once were.