First off, if you suffer from coulrophobia*, this gallery is definitely not for you.
Children’s entertainment today is usually cute, friendly, cheerful, and above all an enjoyable experience everyone. Turns out, that’s something of a new concept. As anyone who’s checked out a book of 19th century fairy tales will tell you, vintage children’s entertainment used to be WAY scarier, and clowns are no exception. Our friends at Flashbak, who are clearly much braver than we are, have compiled this gallery of creepy clowns from days of old. Far from the goofy birthday party entertainers we know today, these “clowns” look like they just stepped out of your nightmares. It’s a miracle any of the kids in these photos grew up to be functioning adults.
*Fear of clowns, and not fear of Full House star Dave Coulier. (That gallery is coming next week.)