I read this great book once about 20 remarkable collections and the one that really intrigued me was the guy who collected carnival punks.
Now if you don't know what those are they were these freaky looking clown things that you would see playing carnival games and you would try and knock them all down.
These go as far back as 1860. The earlier ones were straw and horsehair I remember reading and are later replaced by canvas stuffing with a wood base.
Sometimes you will find ones with Cooney Island or Atlantic city tags on them or marked with those names.
I heard some of these selling in the auction houses for thousands of dollars.
It is an interesting thing to collect but I think I may have nightmares if I collected these.