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22 Pictures That Prove Clowns Have Always Been Scary

A spooktacular look back in time, presented by Getty Images.

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In light of recent "killer clown" sightings across America and the UK, BuzzFeed dove deep into the Getty Images archives to discover the origins of our deep-seated clown anxieties.

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A young boy appears traumatized by the experience of riding miniature horse during a visit by the circus to a children's hospital, circa 1930. The clown doesn't seem to be helping much.

A photographic carte-de-visite of the clown named 'GL Fox', taken at Sarony studios in New York City, circa 1870 (left). Photograph of an unnamed clown posed in Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1885 (right).


On the graduating day of a clown school in 1954, a clown gets dressed with a smile as his teacher looks onward (left). A little boy's dreams become reality as a huge inflatable clown looms over his bed in 1954 (right).


Actor and singer Bing Crosby is seen dressed as a clown for a charity show to benefit St. John's Hospital in Hollywood, 1948 (left). Portrait of actor Lon Chaney (right) in clown costume, as he appears in the movie 'Laugh Clown Laugh' in 1928.


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