EMMETT KELLY SR. - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH 1973 - HFSID 294702
Sale Price $680.00
EMMETT KELLY, SR.
Shown as Willie the Clown, holding leaves of cabbage
Photograph signed: "Emmett/Kelly Sr./1973". B/w, 8x10. Emmett Lee Kelly (1898-1979) began his circus career, which spanned 55 years, after a starting out as a cartoonist. First performing as a trapeze artist, he later went into clowning, creating his most famous character, "Weary Willie", from a cartoon character he had drawn years earlier. In 1942, Kelly joined the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus, where he would star until 1956 (one of his most famous routines was "sweeping the spotlight"). In 1957, he joined the Shrine Circus and settled in Florida (Sarasota is the winter home of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus). Kelly, America's most famous clown, continued appearing in commercials and performed in special shows until he was 80. His son, Emmett Kelly, Jr. (1923-2006), followed successfully in his father's footsteps and rivaled his fame, forming his own Emmett Kelly, Jr. Circus in 1972. Lightly toned at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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