COVID-19 Updates: In order to help reduce the increased spread of COVID-19, our headquarters building will be closed to the public until at least January 3, 2021. Click here for more information.

Search the Wisconsin Historical Society's collections

Searching for

Refine by

Results 1-20 of 91

Photograph

Circus Performers and Animals

Date: 
Description: Fred and Ella Bradna, equestrian director and performer for Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey. There are several other performers and a dog, relaxing in t...
Photograph

Portrait of a Clown

Date: 
Description: Portrait of a clown.
Photograph

Hommel's New Store

Date: June 29 1932
Description: Hommel's Star Food Store at 606 S. Park Street, with promotional truck in front of store, and children looking on. Vehicle (Ballyhoo Truck) has a painted s...
Photograph

International Truck Carrying Clowns in Parade

Date: 1928
Description: International Model S speed truck carrying reindeer and men dressed as clowns, Eskimos, and Santa Claus during a winter parade. A blanket on reindeer reads...
Photograph

"Bumpsy" Anthony, Circus Clown

Date: 
Description: Circus clown, "Bumpsy" Anthony, stands in front of a tent.
Photograph

Clown in Polka-Dotted Suit

Date: 
Description: A clown wearing a small hat with a feather, a polka-dotted suit, and large gloves, stands near a tent.
Photograph

Spader Johnson the Clown

Date: 
Description: Spader Johnson dressed as a clown.
Photograph

Circus Performers

Date: 1935
Description: Circus performer Harriet Hodgini, sits on the gate of a truck helping Otto Griebling, a circus clown, apply his makeup.
Photograph

Clown in the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus

Date: 
Description: A clown in the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus standing outside a tent near a wagon, with his left hand holding onto a tent rope. He is wearing a beret-style hat,...
Photograph

Clowns with Circus Performer

Date: 
Description: A group of 11 circus clowns poses with a pretty young female performer in a circus tent. This could possibly be part of a movie set.
Photograph

Toto the Clown with Children

Date: March 18 1932
Description: RKO clown "Toto" distributes cardboard Easter bunnies packed with lollipops from the W.T. Grant Company. This event was held in the 2nd floor playroom at U...
Photograph

Ringling Circus Wagon and Clowns

Date: 1910
Description: A Ringling Circus wagon, pulled by a horse, with clowns riding on top, is part of a parade along a city street.
Photograph

Circus Clowns in "Clown Alley"

Date: 
Description: A group of 20+ circus clowns posing informally while preparing for the ring.
Photograph

Stuffed Toy Clown

Date: November 05 1963
Description: A young girl handles a stuffed toy clown during the Milwaukee-Downer seminary alumnae holiday bazaar.
Photograph

Ringling Brothers' Circus Clowns

Date: 1901
Description: Two early Ringling Brothers' circus clowns, whose photographs appeared in the "Ringling Annual" under a section titled "Last of the Old-Time Clowns".
Photograph

Walter L. Main Circus Personnel

Date: 1904
Description: Personnel of the Walter L. Main show in 1904 and 1905, photographed outside a tent, include clowns, the driver of a four horse chariot, and air performers....
Photograph

Norris & Rowe Circus Personnel

Date: 
Description: A group of Norris & Rowe circus performers, photographed outside a tent at winter quarters, including clowns, riders, and high wire performers.
Photograph

Circus Clown "Billy" Winslow

Date: 1910
Description: Billy Winslow, a clown and wire walker with the Barnum & Bailey Show, with a prop he used in his performance.
Photograph

Circus Clown Sitting on Donkey

Date: 1909
Description: A circus clown sits astride a donkey outside a tent.
Photograph

University Circus

Date: December 15 1913
Description: A horse-drawn wagon, filled with University of Wisconsin students dressed as clowns, proceeds along a Madison street as part of a parade. Spectators line...

Have Questions?

If you didn't find the material you searched for, our Library Reference Staff can help.

Call our reference desk at 608-264-6535 or email us at: