I apologize to whomever sent this one in, it has been lost in the shuffle for a month or two and I no longer have the info on where it came from.
This photo looks to be from the Texas Shrine dates and must have been taken at some point after 1976 (because Chester Sherman is not present) but before the early 80s when younger guys like Freddie Levine and Chris Bricker had to leave clowning on the Shrine dates because the Shrine clowns began performing in the show for free.
Why would circus producers hire professional clowns if there was a group of amateurs provided by the sponsor who would do the job for nothing?
Moreso than anything else, this is what really killed circus clowning as a profession in the United States.
Clowns (from left to right) Dime Wilson, Freddie Levine, ?, Rex "Count De Boxcar" Young, John McKay, Connie Wilson, Joe Sherman, Christopher Bricker