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The Gallery of Clown Photographs
by Judith Lile and Jim Sneed

The following clowns are in collections around the world. 
Enjoy the "clever clowns" from the Humpty Dumpty circus.


Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Jim Sneed

These are the most common of the early clown suits.


Photo by Jim Sneed

The suit of the clown on the left was modeled after an actual Humpty Dumpty Troupe's clown. One the right is a suit only recently discovered on an early clown. Less than 10 of these are known.


Photo by Jim Sneed

Clowns look funny when displayed with the comical donkey.


Photo by Jim Sneed form the collection of Jim Sneed

Transitional clowns have been found that have added ears and the new ruff, but still retain their early shoes.


Photo by Judith Lile


These three clowns are from a set. They show subtle transitional face painting.

 


Photo by Fred Keller

A troupe of one-part-head clowns ca 1920s


Photo by Judith Lile

 


Photo by Jim Sneed form the collection of Lajla Duffy

An very early clown with ear muffs and a Dresden paper badge.


Photo by Judith Lile

One-part head clowns are hard to find in good condition.


Cracker-Jack, the clever clown, came in a boxed set with a chair and ladder.


Photo by Judith Lile

A one-part head clown,


Photo by Judith Lile


Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Jim Sneed


Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Jim Sneed


Photo by Judith Lile

A Delavan clown from ca 1950


This is the popular "playing cards" suit.


Photo by Judith Lile

An early silk suited clown.
ca 1904


Photo by Judith Lile

The striped material was used on very early clowns.
ca 1904


Photo by Judith Lile

The harlequin suit.


Photo by Jim Sneed

A silk suited clown from ca 1910


Photo by Jim Sneed


We can't help but smile at the 
clown and his pet pig. 


This suit was designed very early for the clown. A very pretty print in yellow, red, blue, and black.


Photo by Judith Lile

The newly discovered "Patchwork" suit. There have been three color variations found on clowns with this suit pattern.


Photo by Judith Lile

The scary clown.


Photo by Judith Lile


Photo by Judith Lile


Photo by Judith Lile

A few clowns are found with offset felt hats.


Photo by Judith Lile

These beautiful two-part head clowns are part of a set sold by Schoenhut.


Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Andy Yaffee


Photo by Jim Sneed


Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Jim Sneed


Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Susan Turner

 


Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Andy Yaffee

This is the large point-of-purchase store display clown.


Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Andy Yaffee


Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Andy Yaffee

 


Photo by Jim Sneed

 


Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Jim Sneed

These clowns are from ca 1905 - 1910. The clowns with the eye corner crease are the earlier ones.


Photo by Jim Sneed


Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Jim Sneed

Photo by Jim Sneed

 


Photo by Jim Sneed


Photo by Jim Sneed

Photo by Fred Keller

Big ears, wood hat, probably brown shoes