Photo courtesy of the Pfening Circus Archives
Paul Jerome and Earl Shipley on the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in a photo that looks like it may have been taken by Edward Kelty back in the 30s.
If you look closely you'll see that both are wearing Bobby Clark-style painted on glasses.
Bobby Clark and his comedy partner Paul McCullough started out as circus clowns before moving on to vaudeville, Broadway and movies. Clark developed his painted-on glasses while circus clowning and kept them throughout his career.
Earl Shipley was doing Ringling advance work when he retired in the late 50s/early 60s and gave all of his costumes and props to his nephew, 1960s Ringling clown Billy Ward.