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.
Sleep tight ;-)
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).
A happy circus clown smiles for the camera after applying is makeup, circa 1950 (left) A clown applies his false eyelashes before a performance in 1955.
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.
A 78 year old clown named 'Whimsical Walker' is pictured in London, England, 1928 (left). A clown of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is seen showing a pig to child in 1941 (right).