Vintage snapshots of creepy clowns


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#2

As a kid I didn’t understand why some people found clowns frightening, but then I realized that I never got close to clowns. I wonder if any cases of coulrophobia can be traced to an early up-close experience with a clown. That’s probably oversimplifying, though, especially since I’ve had a fascination with makeup for as long as I can remember. If I’d been gotten up close to clowns I probably would have gone into a coulrophobia-inducing career.


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That clown in the photo is pretty damned creepy even from a distance in space and time.
Shivers. Look at that kid’s face. It says it all.


#4

The wide-pants clown standing out on the snowy ground is the creepiest.

I’m picturing the building in the background as an old insane asylum.


#5

That particular clown creeps me out too, and I like clowns. Although the one that I find really eerie is the last one: the dark-faced clown holding a candle. Definitely a crying-on-the-inside type.


#6

As Alfred Hitchcock said: “There’s nothing scarier than a clown after midnight.”
Though I grew up watching the same TV clown on whom Matt Groening based Krusty the Clown. Clowns can also be jerks.


#7

Most vintage photos are kind of creepy. Can we stop with the clown hate?


#8

I like clowns. Mostly. I especially dig this 7-foot, singing clown.


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