Posts Tagged ‘clowns

This joint is jumpin’

vintage advertising image of two clowns, a grasshopper, and a cereal packet

Page from a most unusual advertising booklet for Quaker Oats, 1898.

Professional instruction is available:


There is inspiration on hand:



…here, too:


…not to mention, here:


Yes, folks, it’s all happening, down at the Ole’ Internet Archive! Cast off your inhibitions, and get on down there.

Or else, I suppose the more enervated among you could always just go and look at the wisteria:


Japanese Lantern Slides From The E. Raymond Wilson Collection


Written by Dave Lovely

May 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Send in the clowns…

photo of a female clown and two male clowns
photo of male and female clown
photo of two male clowns
This collection of photographs, mainly of circuses and circus-acts, and housed at the Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM), is simply astounding (go a couple of pages in to get to the circus images proper):

Gustave Soury (1884-1966) :
la passion du cirque et de la fête foraine

A footnote:

Louise Hervieu, Tête de clown ou La condition humaine

Louise Hervieu (1878-1954),
Tête de clown, ou La condition humaine.
Paris, musée national d’Art moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou

Written by Dave Lovely

March 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm

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