Clowns of the World

Clowns of the World is website about the different types of clowns around the world.  Click on the links below to view a description of the various types of clowns and a little bit about their history. For more images of clowns past and present visit

Uncle Sam: Uncle Sam, our greatest patriot, was born as a clown amidst early America's reaching for its own personal statement of comedic expression. Most of the Uncle Sam clowns are on stilts, possibly a patriotic message that America stands tall. In a world where art imitates life, one would think that an anonymous clown once decided to dress like Uncle Sam for his performance. Actually, the opposite is true. Life imitated art. Dan Rice, an American circus strongman-turned clown, developed a novel costume in the 1840s. He used no makeup, but he wore a unique outfit consisting of striped suit and beard. With an unusual act, including readings of Shakespeare in backwoods dialect, he became famous throughout the country and billed himself as "America's Favorite Clown". Rice became a sought-after speaker and even ran for Congress. President Lincoln, needing a morale-builder during the dark times of the Civil War, used Rice's image as the basis for Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam went on to become a lasting statement of American values. He's promoted drafts, war bonds, and peacetime projects. His face is the immortal visage of American democracy calling us all to remember our heritage and responsibilities as Americans.