Best Made Communications: Hobo Signs
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, traveling hoboes used a simple system of icons to communicate with one another. Often times these icons designated situations to be avoided or details pertaining to specific locations, such as the demeanor of a house’s occupants, or the ability to obtain free medical care. These signs were inscribed on fenceposts, brick walls, box cars, trees; anywhere that might catch the eye of a fellow “Knight of the Road.”
And for wherever your travels take you, on the road, rails, or trails, we’d like to introduce the Best Made Hobo knife.
Hobo signs taken from Symbol Sourcebook, by Henry Dreyfuss