Thursday, July 17, 2008


These were taken during the taping of a 1971 television special about the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. The show aired on WFLA Television in Tampa, FL.

The other two clowns look to be Clown College grads Johnny Peers and Jim Howle.



Anonymous said...

What I find odd is seeing Lou put his makeup on sitting down. In all the years I worked with him I dont think I ever saw him sit to put on his makeup. Mitch Freddes

The Faux Charlot said...

i just wanted to say THANK YOU for your blog.
i discovered it about a month ago, and it's the best thing I've seen for a circus history nut and amateur clown like me.
cheers :)


Anonymous said...

Mitch... The only way to get the 'beauty shot' of Jim Howl and Johnny Peers over his shoulder was to have him sitting... Big picture Mitch... big picture.

BTW - I once put my make-up on sitting in a hole so as not to block a shot of Jimmy 'where's the camera' Briscoe!