2pc. Hobo Signs Poster Set - Designed & Printed in the USA
This is a set of 2 12 x 18" posters, designed by Ben "Gitty" Baker and printed right here in the C. B. Gitty workshop in New Hampshire, USA. These posters include 60 authentic secret hobo signs and glyphs, drawn from historic photographs and documents from the late 1800's and early 1900's. Hoboes and tramps would use these symbols to leave signs and warnings for other hoboes and travelers - where good places were for work, for hand-outs, and places to avoid because of danger.
There were several hundred thousand hoboes and tramps moving around America in the early 1900's, many of them migrant workers who helped to build the railroad, dig the mines, fell the timber and bring in the harvests. In so doing, they played a major role in settling the American west and making the country what it was. They faced horrific conditions and many dangers to do it - and using these signs and glyphs helped to make the road a little safer for them. Truly, these hobo signs are a piece of American history.
We print these on extra heavy-weight brown kraft paper... it's so thick that it's more like thin cardboard than paper. The outer dimensions are 12 x 18 inches.