hobo signs

The (mostly) true story of hobo graffiti

Hobos were and still are traveling workers who live on the road. Over time they came up with a written sign language to communicate among themselves. Things like “this house has a kind woman” or “beware of dog”.

A while back I built a HyperCard stack that was a collection of hobo signs. Not sure whatever happened to it but it was fun to scan and translate them.

[via Kottke.org]