The Clown Alley of the 1951 Orin Davenport Shrine Circus in Detroit, MI.
Photo taken in the early 1950's.
Standing left to right...
Oscar Lawanda: He had been a famous bareback rider in his younger days. He was probably in his late 70's or early 80's at that time.
Percy Rademacker: From Sheboygan, Wis. He was an outstanding auto thrill show clown doing tramp during the summer. I worked with him on the Aut Swenson show.
George LaSalle: Very clever in reproducing clown props and was responsible for the larger clown production numbers.
Jackie LeClaire: Notice over the years I kept making different types of clown costumes. Note the unusual collar on this one.
Sitting left to right...
Smoky Rouse: Tramp. Very good tramp clown
Dick Lewis: With white Fratellini-style make up. Longtime clown and veteran of many circuses. Lived in Baraboo, WI towards the end of his life and worked at the Circus World Museum. Died while doing his table rock act at a date in Texas. When he fell, he just missed the padding and hit the floor. He was a big circus fan.
Earl Shipley: He was always the Boss Clown as he was a Shiner and very close to Orin Davenport who produced the Detroit show. I bought his house trailer in l96l. He also recommened me to replace him as advance Ringling clown when he wanted to leave the road. Had been on a circus with my Father in 1913.
Joe Lewis: Married to Eva May who had been the first wife of Emmet Kelly. His photo was on a Ringling program cover back in the late 30's.
Hope this helps,
Thank you for your invaluable info Jackie!