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Description: Famed American circus performer Emmett Kelly (1898-1979) boldly signed this First Day Cover that was stamped May 2, 1966 in Delavan, Wisconsin. The envelope celebrates the “American Circus”, words that are printed at the left, split between an illustration of a heavily made-up clown. A similar clown face also appears on the 5-cent stamp at the upper right corner.

Kelly’s clown persona, “Weary Willie”, based on the hobos of the Great Depression, revolutionized early 20th century clowning with his shuffling gait and downtrodden expression, a stark contrast to the goofy, colorful, ever-cheerful clowns that crowds were used to seeing. He was an inaugural inductee to the International Clown Hall of Fame in 1989 and was inducted into the International Circus Hall of Fame in 1994.

Item #A01247

Condition: Fine condition with a large, bold signature.