Charlie Rivel Circus Clown Poster
Charlie Rivel (1896-1980) was Europe's most famous and popular clown. His costume trademark was a long red jersey that had accidentally been stretched in the laundry. A performance at the Grona Lunds Tivoli in Stockholm in 1979 marked his 80th year in show business. His parents were street performers who traveled throughout Europe and by the time Charlie was two, he was appearing in the family's act. By the time he was six, he was performing a head-balancing act with his sister who was one year younger.