Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bring In The Clowns

Function: noun
Etymology: from Latin circus "circle, arena"
1 : a large arena enclosed by rows of seats
2 a : a show that usually travels from place to place
and that has a variety of exhibitions
including acrobatic feats, wild animal displays,
and performances by clowns
b : a circus performance
c : the performers and equipment of such a circus
d : something that suggests a circus    

I've often heard people say
 that clowns are scary,
but you know...
They make me smile.
Big Noses...Painted faces...Floppy shoes

How can you be afraid of someone
who's life's work is to 
bring a smile to your face?

What could be more fun than a clown?


...and elephants...and horses...and tigers
...Oh My!


All of them in one place...

...and at one time.

Roasted Peanuts...Popcorn...Cotton Candy

never tasted better than they do at the circus.

Sawdust floors...


Canvas tent billowing in the breeze....


Flying trapeze soaring overhead...

The unexpected...

The extreme...


The Unusual...

Bring in the clowns. 

Make us laugh...

...until we cry with joy.

Surprise us...

...WOW us

Help us forget the hard times when they come.

...and remember the fun you bring to town.


What's your favorite circus memory?

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  1. Hi Janie! I went back and looked at all of the pictures again after I read through your post. It really reminded me how fun the circus can be and the vintage photos and posters along with your words were thought provoking.

    Thanks for your comment. I am happy to say I'm a new follower.

  2. Absolutely fantastic!
    Keep it coming!!

  3. Hi Janie, My ex-brother-in-law was a clown for Ringling until he married my sister. Later he taught clown school for them. He has quite a collection of circus memorabilia. Thanks for sharing this at my party.

  4. Hi Janie...

    Wow...it has been years since I have been to the circus! I really enjoyed your post...the nostalgic posters and photos are great! What fun! Thanks for sharing them with us today!

    Warmest wishes,

  5. Hi Janie, Oh the High Trapeze acts always, so dating and exciting!

    Art by Karena

    Come over to enter my Dress Giveaway from The Shabby Apple!

  6. I enjoyed your post. I always wanted to be circus people. It would be fun to travel the country and entertain people. Sort of like a vintage rock star.

  7. How adorable all of these old circus posters are! I think we can blame bad b-grade movies for some of the clown fear out there! I admit I have seen clowns that are a bit creepy, but I was never scared of the real clowns at the circus. I always loved the lion tamer act.
    Thanks for bringing the circus to Treasure Hunt Thursday.


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