Hobo signs/symbols could warn fellow hobos about dangerous towns or people, mark places where they had gotten free food and shelter, identify locations where free medical care was available, provide directions to areas where work was accessible, and much …
Just a thought. Many meetings are held in churches. They didn’t get along, seemingly due to her nature, not his. We’re working on sharing our thoughts on hobo signs, but academics like Nels Anderson rode the rails in the early 1900s for years and refuted the actuality of any signs. A Swedish hobo sign indicating that both aggressive dogs and aggressive people live here.
She never turned down anyone who came to her door asking for food. If you haven’t heard of it before, HOBO SIGNS LANGUAGE is a system of symbols, or a code developed by Hobos during the Great Depression. The hobo had lost his forearms when he tripped while trying to catch a train. Here’s a modern equivalent – I take time during and after my run to let other trail users know about problem places. My mother told me there were fence posts or trees that were marked by “hobos or tramps” to tell others that my grandparents would feed them and might let them sleep in the hay barn. When my dad was a kid in the 1930s, he said a hobo begged his mom for food. What does a spray-painted blue arrow mean? A square with a slanted roof (signifying a house) with an X through it — the house has already been “burned” or “tricked” by another hobo. Two shovels — work available (shovels, because most hobos performed manual labour). How they represent the uppercrust, finer things, and Wall Street. During that time the country was still more agricultural than metropolitan which is why they rode the rails to get work on the farms and packing houses. The rhythmic sound of wheels followed by the moan of the horn. To cope with the uncertainties of life, hobos developed a system of symbols they’d write with chalk or coal to provide fellow “Knights of the Road” with directions, help, and warnings.
A half smoked cigar is a true gift for the man down on his luck. This can be accounted for by the fact that they may have been used in far different sections of the country. Maybe they were for the person making the mark.
A symbol from the French system of hobo signs indicating that an authority figure lives at this location. Thanks much! In the ‘old days’ EVERYTHING was better. Hobo signs, from Symbol Sourcebook, by Henry Dreyfuss, via bLog-oMotives.
Serendipitous — I just re-watched Mad Men’s, The Hobo Code episode last night. - Silvertoad. Yes, yes, of course, that makes perfect sense. A different time then. (nb: A Hobo is a migratory worker or homeless vagabond, often penniless. Why, if ¨hobos¨ were trying to survive, why would they mark those symbols? He admitted to grandpa that their home had been marked as a friendly place to stop.
They were more like nomads. A house with this sign on it means that a bad-tempered man lives inside. Traveling from city to city, hobos developed a visual code to help keep each other safe, often marking buildings with chalk or coal. When I asked him if he was going to walk the old route or take the highway… he smiled, and said he was taking the tracks.
They were looking for work and just trying to survive.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avG_vUvM0J4, Hobo Beer have used this language/idea to great effect as part of their brand identity: http://hobobeerandco.co.uk/. Two interlocked circles — handcuffs (i.e., hobos are jailed). Some signs included “turn right here”, “beware of hostile railroad police”, “dangerous dog”, “food available here”, and so on. Handy way to let yourself off the hook for not giving a damn about people in the many varied circumstances you don’t take the time to understand. They utilize every available resource to survive in a world from which they’ve been cast away… most, I’m confident, are more intelligent, enlightened, and wise than you’ll ever hope to be. The term originated in the western—probably northwestern—United States during the last decade of the 19th century) Today, homeless people tend to want everything handed to them and are lazy and ungrateful.
Unlike "tramps"—who work only when they are forced to- and "bums" who do not work at all, "hobos" are itinerant workers. Homeless people of today are lazy beggars for the most part. Riding in a gondola car open to the sky on a full moon night was one of the most scenic and memorable times of my life. Can you tell me your source for your Hobo Signs? Some signs included "turn right here", "beware of hostile railroad police", "dangerous dog", "food available here", and so on.
He went out to the fields around the house and came back with some rabbits. There was a sort of hobo encampment there among some trees. My grandfather was a locomotive engineer. A cat signifies that a kind lady lives here. When I’m out in the field too, I clear paths that are overgrown, and clean off trail signs that have become hidden under dirt. Any ideas? Some signs included "turn right here", "beware of hostile railroad police", "dangerous dog", "food available … Exactly Hunter. Eventually our writeup will be shared at http://www.historicgraffiti.org. My grandmother kept a huge cauldron of soup going all day. If you haven’t heard of it before, HOBO SIGNS LANGUAGE is a system of symbols, or a code developed by Hobos during the Great Depression. Hobo signs and symbols were a method of communication employed by hobos that allowed them to leave notes about the places that they were passing through. Translations for some commonly used signs: A cross — “angel food” (food served to hobos after a sermon).
They somehow knew to make their way to her house. French hobo sign- the policeman in this area is bad. The hobos would often come to her back kitchen door and a bowl of soup would be handed to them with a slice of bread slathered with butter. A circle with two parallel arrows — get out fast, hobos aren’t welcome. Any more reference materials on this? I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for hobos. What a summer! If that’s what the family was having, that’s what the tramps ate as well. You can handle them, respondents, even the ones that are different from yours.
Not like these awful MODERN homeless who never have jobs (except for the thousands that do, but still can’t afford housing. Symbols aside, it’s amazing how despite their situation, people are thoughtful enough to leave messages for others in the same plight. As a New Yorker, I love coming across these hobo signs in parks on benches or hidden amongst graffiti.
A wavy line (signifying water) above an X — fresh water and a campsite. Never had a problem with any of them, and a little water and a few dollars would get you stories till they crawled into a boxcar and went on their way.
After the hobo left, a neighbor walked over and told her the hobo had marked her house with a chalk X to let other tramps know they can get food there, and my dad said sure enough, it was on the side of their steps. I’m captivated by their simplicity and their power and I wonder what sign hoboes would place outside my house or yours. Believe you’re referencing The Fugitive, 1963 TV series (David Janssen, William Conrad) or 1993 movie with same title (Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones). It was used in the opening credits of O Brother, Where Art Thou? Gee, even old time homeless people were superior. Much of today’s homeless where I live are meth users or are mentally ill. Behind my house are railroad tracks that he had been walking. 20 Oct. 2020. How do we know it was actually ¨hobos¨ if we weren’t there.?
Hobos sometimes found that a homeowner or a business would invite them to work or feed them but after serving, would be quickly run away with no payment of any kind. What a joy it was to talk to him.
The hobos were generally young illiterate men who were looking for farm work or seasonal factory work. The circle touches all three points of the triangle. https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-Deathly-Hallows-symbol. Thanks for blessing us all with your profound historical insight.
My grandparents lived in the hills of Vermont.
The Great Depression (1929–1939) was when numbers were likely at their highest, as it forced an estimated 4,000,000 adults to leave their homes in search of food and lodging. Hobos would write this code with chalk or coal to provide directions, information, and warnings to other hobos. I’m trying to find the meaning of a particular symbol. Sounded great. Do you really think people would choose to be homeless? This would be entirely dependent on who was in the jungle at the time and that could literally change day by day. Crooked man lives here. It is unclear exactly when hobos first appeared on the American railroading scene. Went from there hitchhiking across Canada and ended up at Woodstock. He raised my Dad, and built a smalll home down a ways from his for his wife. Such a different ‘childhood’. Such an interesting culture, and such interesting iconography.
My Grandmother lived on a ranch in Burbank CA in the ‘40s, next to the Glen-Bank wrecking yard. Same journey blasting across the Great Salt lake at high speed and seeing derailed cars alongside the tracks was sobering. This sounds like the Deathly Hallows from Harry Potter.
I was told by my Dad that my grandfather, whom I’d never met, was a hobo. I went inside and gathered up some money, got in my car and went to look for him. Catégorie: web - 3 Commentaires 19 May 2010.
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