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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Clowns of Pop Culture

For centuries, clowns have upturned social and psychological norms. From ancient Roman civilization to court jesters and circus performers, they entertain and amuse while reaching into our deepest insecurities. In fact, the fear of clowns is a recognized psychiatric condition called coulrophobia.

As Halloween approaches, Toy Tales celebrates some of pop culture’s most recognizable clowns.