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22 Creepy Vintage Pictures That Prove Clowns Have Always Been Scary

In light of recent “killer clown” sightings across America and the UK, We dove deep into the archives to discover the origins of our deep seeded clown anxieties.

Sleep tight 😉

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A happy circus clown smiles for the camera after applying is makeup, circa 1950.

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A young boy appears traumatized by the experience of riding miniature horse during a visit by the circus to a children’s hospital, circa 1930. The clown doesn’t seem to be helping much.

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American actress and singer Liza Minnelli as a child in the arms of Bozo the Clown at a children’s Easter party in Hollywood, 1948.

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A group of young girls dance in clown costumes, early 20th Century.

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Waitresses are shown being made up as clowns for the annual supper of the Circus Fans’ Association in January, 1936.

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A heavily made up clown wearing a fake collar laughs heartily, circa 1940.

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The clowns of the Bertram Mills-Circus are pictured in 1936.

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A group of children pose with a clown during a holiday party for a firm engaged in war work during WWII in 1941.

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Lon Chaney as the character “He” in the 1924 MGM silent movie, “He Who Gets Slapped,” directed by Victor Seastrom.

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A clown offers a group of children candy, circa 1950s.

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A young girl is visibly upset after being picked up by a clown during the early 20th century.

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Actor Lon Chaney dressed as a clown for his role in the film ‘He Who Gets Slapped’ in 1924.

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Comedian and clown named ‘Spain’ with three of his clown children in 1937.

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A photographic carte-de-visite of the clown named ‘GL Fox’, taken at Sarony studios in New York City, circa 1870

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Photograph of an unnamed clown posed in Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1885.

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Portrait of actor Lon Chaney  in clown costume, as he appears in the movie ‘Laugh Clown Laugh’ in 1928.

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Actor and singer Bing Crosby is seen dressed as a clown for a charity show to benefit St. John’s Hospital in Hollywood, 1948

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A little boy’s dreams become reality as a huge inflatable clown looms over his bed in 1954

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On the graduating day of a clown school in 1954, a clown gets dressed with a smile as his teacher looks onward

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A clown of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is seen showing a pig to child in 1941

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78 year old clown named ‘Whimsical Walker’ is pictured in London, England, 1928

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A clown applies his false eyelashes before a performance in 1955.

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