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Otto Griebling – circus tramp clown

Otto Griebling - color photo
Otto Griebling (April 28, 1896 -€“ April 19, 1972) Inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame 1989 Otto Griebling, who became a fixture of the American circus as a tramp clown performing for the most famous circuses of the 20th Century, began his career not as a clown, but...
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Michael Polakovs, aka Coco

clown pictures - Michael Polakov - "Coco" - 1991 Clown Hall of Fame
MICHAEL “Coco” POLAKOVS (1923 – 2009) Inducted into the 1991 Clown Hall of Fame Coco is a third generation Russian circus clown, who achieved his fame in England where the family came while he was a youth. He was associated with the Bertram Mills and Billy Smart Circuses...
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Francesco Caroli, European white face circus clown

Francesco Caroli, famous European whiteface circus clown, in costume
 Biography of Francesco Caroli (September, 1922 – May 18, 2004) Born in San Donna di Piave, Italy, he worked with his brothers’ equestrian act in England at the Great Carmo Circus and Blackpool Tower Circus before World War II. In 1939 they were in Germany with the Circus...
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Mark Anthony, famous tramp clown

photograph of Mark Anthony in tramp clown makeup
Mark Anthony, famous circus tramp clown Mark Anthony was born Mark Galkowski in Norwich, Connecticut in 1915. During the depression, he first joined the circus in 1937 in South Carolina. Except for a two-year stint in the Merchant Marines during World War II, he spent most of his...
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Prince Paul, circus clown

clown picture - painting of Paul Alpert, aka. Prince Paul
Paul ‘Prince Paul€’ Alpert (1913 – 1987) Inducted into the  Clown Hall of Fame in 1992, Paul Alpert became a  famous little person, after gaining a start in clowning in 1933 with the Paul Jung troupe.The Bangor, Maine native went on to fame as a  Ringling Bros. clown,...
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Felix Adler, king of clowns

Felix Adler with his wife and clown partner, Amelia
Felix Adler (June 17, 1895 – February 1, 1960) – The White House Clown, King of Clowns Inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in 1989. Felix Adler grew up on a small farm outside of Clinton, Iowa, with his father Joseph and mother Nettie. Some accounts state that...
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