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Hobo symbols were little, easy to draw, images used by hobos going town to town for work to indicate something about a location. Here are some images for reference:
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Why do I bring these up? These symbols could definitely be used in a survival situation! Say you come across a house that you think is empty and you look in it for supplies. Then, someone with a gun attacks you. You run away. This cycle could continue and people could be harmed or killed! Why not help your fellow man out and put this symbol on the sidewalk outside the house:
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Something as small as this could save someone, maybe even the person living in the house, maybe even you! I keep a printed set of these hobo symbols folded up in my wallet. So, are there any other set of symbols you guys think could work?
 

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hobos traveled to find work, when the trains stopped accommodating them hobos ceased to exist and now their just bums. my grandpa used to tell me stories of riding the rails, he never mentioned anything about hobo symbols but he's told me lots of stories of hobo camping grounds when waiting to jump the next train. i think the wander lust runs in our family, i spent a good 10years driving truck crisscrossing the country, i still get that urge to go..
 

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Why not help your fellow man out and put this symbol on the sidewalk outside the house:
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Something as small as this could save someone, maybe even the person living in the house, maybe even you! I keep a printed set of these hobo symbols folded up in my wallet. So, are there any other set of symbols you guys think could work?
I'm gonna go outside and spray paint that on the front of the house RIGHT NOW !!!! That way I'll already have a leg-up on scaring folks away !!!
Now go finish your homework and go to bed, you got school in the morning. :xeye:
 

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You pushed your luck once if you got ran off by gun point. You go back I'm pretty sure your blood or dead body will work better than the symbol. Far more universal than having to know a symbol.
 

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My mother grew up during the Depression. She always said they assumed their house was "marked". Men would show up around dinnertime (never more than one at a time) and ask politely if they had any food to spare. Grandma would give them a plate of food and a mug of water. They would sit on the step and eat, then leave the plate and mug. Suckers? Maybe.
 

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My mother grew up during the Depression. She always said they assumed their house was "marked". Men would show up around dinnertime (never more than one at a time) and ask politely if they had any food to spare. Grandma would give them a plate of food and a mug of water. They would sit on the step and eat, then leave the plate and mug. Suckers? Maybe.
The problem is back then they appreciated it and didn't take advantage of it. Do that today and by the 3rd day a line around the block would form. If you didn't feed all of them they would riot, steal everything they could, and label you a racist.
 

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Tales came down from my Father's family about the hobos. They furnished a lot of the labor that harvested the fruit from the family orchards, and picked the strawberries that furnished the cash to keep the mortgage paid up. The Lancaster train station (it's long gone now, but the foundations are still there, along with the underground water tanks) was about half a mile downhill from the home place, and most of 'em camped down along the creek during the harvest season, and worked for all the neighbor farmers.
 

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hobos traveled to find work, when the trains stopped accommodating them hobos ceased to exist and now their just bums. my grandpa used to tell me stories of riding the rails, he never mentioned anything about hobo symbols but he's told me lots of stories of hobo camping grounds when waiting to jump the next train. i think the wander lust runs in our family, i spent a good 10years driving truck crisscrossing the country, i still get that urge to go..
:thumb:My dad was a hobo for about 8 years during the Great Depression hopping on the trains looking for work across the USA...He would also tell me about the hobo camps and how dangerous some where...
He said there is a big difference between a hobo and a bum...A bum doesn't look for nor want a job a hobo wants to work...
 

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Today bums, people who don't want to work are called democrats, socialists, Obama voters....ect
LOL..
I think every kid in order to graduate 8th grade and again in 12th should have to watch the movie The Grapes of Wrath....Haven't seen it in a long time but always have it in mind...There by the Grace of God go I......
 

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My Grandma fed them too. She told me she thought they had marked her house a safe place to go. She said she never had any problems from them at all.
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As someone who associates with modern hobo's/bums/homeless or tramps(as they prefer to be called)

I have never seen or heard anything about these symbols. There is some lingo of tramps but no symbols. Never seen one waste time drawing glyphs on the street corner with chalk that will just get washed away in the rain

If any drawing is done It is on their flyer....Assuming they are not throwed off or wired up & just drawing crap in the dirt because their head anit right.
 

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LOL..
I think every kid in order to graduate 8th grade and again in 12th should have to watch the movie The Grapes of Wrath....Haven't seen it in a long time but always have it in mind...There by the Grace of God go I......
I'd be far more impressed if they were required to read it. Then again with it not being in text idiot type all those 4+ letter words means they would have to fail and the school would have to throw that grade out.
 

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The Hobo signs were mostly found in areas near rail yards( where the Hobo camps usally were located) or on rail property.the Hobos begin to thin out in the mid 1950s,and dramatically dropped in the 60s because of technological changes in Railroading.Dieselizing was completed by 1960.Diesels required fewer stops for fuel.Diesels could travel 500-600 miles without stopping as opposed to steam engines having to stop every 80-100 miles for fuel/water.Diesels accelerated and traveled faster than steam,Remote control track switches (ctc)eliminated stopping.all of which reduced opportunities to get onboard and off.in the 60s Box cars begin to be replaced with piggyback trailers and containers on flat cars.leaving no sheltered place to ride.remaining box cars were of the insulated plug door damage free type with sealed doors that could only be easily opened at their destination and loaded to ensure no load shifting which left no space inside for riders. also around this time roof walks and ladders were removed from rail cars.a lot of the old Hobos that started in the Depression found permanent jobs, died off or became infirm,then the Hippy free love era and the increase of Government Handouts and the poverty industry also contributed to the demise of the traditional railriding working Hobo ,Which by the 1970s were pretty much extinct.there are a few members still around of a group called FTRA (Freight Train Riders Association)who are not traditional Hobos, but are basically a group of criminals ,wanted men and a prison gang .in the post 9/11 world,you get caught on Railroad property without permission,its a guaranteed trip to jail.
 
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