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Examples of hobo signs
Examples of hobo signs
Resource Typeimage
TitleExamples of hobo signs
Coverage / Yearc. 1930 to 1939
DescriptionDrawing, with text
InterpretationHoboes communicated through a basic system of markings, a code through which they gave information, and warnings to others. From the 1880's up until World War Two, these markings could be found on curbs, fences, posts, sidewalks, buildings, trestles, bridge abutments, and other places to aid hoboes in finding help or steering them clear of trouble. Usually, these signs would be written in chalk or coal.
Lesson Plans / ThemesTransportation--A Student's Historical Explanation; Studying the Great Depression through novels;
Learning Standards16 History; 15 Economics;
Author or CreatorUnknown
SourceHobo Signs by Stan Richards, ISBN 0-87929-030-7, 28 p., 1974
Subject / KeywordsUnited States--Social conditions; United States--Economic conditions; Depressions--1929--United States; Dust Bowl; Trains; Tramps--United States; Signs and symbols; Hoboes
Collection PublisherIllinois State Library;
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