This blog by mikl-em (I played Sugarchurch) features Stuff about carnival sideshows, the 1800's to 1930’s, Vaudeville, clowns, freaks, silent film, or whatever else seems to fit.
Producer Mack Sennett’s comedy reels featured a bevy of “bathing beauties,” among them Marvel Rea, seen here in the harlequin costume in Washington, D.C., 1919. More on these ladies here. | View full size. Via mudwerks & Mack’s Girls: 1919 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive