I think this clown is too weird to be called anything other than terrifying. The thought that he may have offered his services for children’s parties is quite disturbing. He has what appears to be an all seeing eye on his forehead making him look like a cross between a demented yogi and a cyclops. On the top of his curly green wig appears to be two ends of ribbon suggesting a bow? I can see that one of his three button badges has a photo of a clown on it but cannot be sure if it is a self-portrait.
Another badge says Clowns of America International, so presumable he was a member of the organisation. There is also another badge with a Peanuts character rip-off of Snoopy and Woodstock with Bully For You written on it. I ask myself what that is meant to convey? To me it convey’s weird and scary!
Below are some enlargements of this American booth photo. Below that is a link to a fascinating history of clowning focussing on contemporary clown trends in the USA and exploring the origins of the form which exists in some way or other in most cultures. Please click on the image to read.