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Zovello, The Bonomo Magic Clown



Given fezzes to wear, and a supply of taffy to eat, the children in the audience were still at a loss for having to watch the sub-Krusty antics of Zovello the Magic Clown.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 20, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Clowns, Television, Children, 1940's, 1950's

Professor Turned Clown

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Discontented with the life of a professor of economics, Dr. Charles Boas became Onions the Clown.

I'm sure this thrilled any living parents who might have helped pay for years of higher education.

Read the whole story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 05, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Clowns, Eccentrics, 1960's, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Harry Rogers, The Fire Clown


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Original article here.

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Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 30, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Clowns, PSA's, 1920's, 1930's

Clown Art


If you're a collector of paintings of clowns, then you're probably already aware of Jim Howle. His website describes him as "the best-known clown artist in the world." He's actually the only clown artist that I know of, though I'm sure there must be others.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jun 14, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Art, Clowns

The Six Brown Brothers



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Blackface, clownsuits and saxophones: a winning combo in any era!

Learn the whole story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 05, 2013 | Comments (0)
Category: Clowns, Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1910's, 1920's, 1930's

Most Unfortunate Clown Motto Ever

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More info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 09, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Clowns, Sexuality, Comics, 1950's

Henri Gugelmann’s Rat Circus

In 1979, when Henri Gugelmann debuted his "rat circus" in downtown Bern, he claimed it was the first of its kind in the world. And maybe it was also the last, because I don't know where one would go today to see performing rats.

His trained rats jumped over ropes, ran through burning rings, and crawled along in a "rat race" while Gugelmann, dressed as a clown, directed the show. That sounds like quality entertainment! [Google News: Victoria Advocate, Aug 9, 1979]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Mar 30, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Animals, Clowns, 1970's

How to Apply Blackface


Denison's make-up guide (1926) was a catalogue of the various products sold by Denison, but it also offered detailed instructions on how to use their products. Below is their guide for "blacking up" using their Superfine Minstrel Black make-up paint. There were similar how-to's for other ethnic types such as the 'Ghetto Jew,' the Japanese, Irishman, Chinaman, etc. See more images from the catalogue at UVA's online exhibit, Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture.





Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jan 09, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Clowns, Costumes and Masks, Racism, 1920's

Swastika Clown Puzzle

This puzzle appeared in The Strand magazine, December 1903, demonstrating that swastikas and clowns had an affinity for one another even before the Nazis came along. (Technically it's a Sauwastika Clown Puzzle, not a Swastika one.) The answer is below in extended.

More >>
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Nov 21, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Clowns, Evil, Quizzes, 1900's

Follies of the Mad Men #187

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If Zu Zu were witnessed offering cookies to a child today, he'd be in the sniperscopes of a SWAT team's rifles faster than a cocaine-covered bank robber.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 03, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Clowns, Food, 1900's
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