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Courtesy of National Hobo Museum
Hobos would draw symbols on the sides of buildings and other structures to alert fellow travelers to work, food or danger from town to town.
Courtesy of Rik Palieri
Connecticut Shorty (center, in black overalls), Rik Palieri (kneeling with a banjo) and others at Britt Hobo Days in Britt, Iowa, circa 1999.
Courtesy of Rik Palieri
Steam Train Maury Graham (center-left in a red shirt) riding a float in the parade at Britt Hobo Days, circa 1999.
Courtesy of Rik Palieri
Hobos at Britt Hobo Days in Britt, Iowa. Steam Maury Graham stands center-left, with a long white beard and hat, circa 1999.
Courtesy of Rik Palieri
Steam Train Maury Graham at Britt Hobo Days in Britt, Iowa, circa 1999.
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Courtesy of Rik Palieri
New York Maggie (left) and Connecticut Shorty (right) at Britt Hobo Days in Britt, Iowa, circa 1999.
Courtesy of National Hobo Museum
A hobo nickel (heads)
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A hobo nickel (tails)
Courtesy of Rik Palieri, origin unknown
A 2001 press clipping announcing the then newly elected hobo king, Roadhog USA, and queen, Connecticut Shorty.
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Courtesy of National Hobo Museum
Hobos would draw symbols on the sides of buildings and other structures to alert fellow travelers to work, food or danger from town to town.

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