Wednesday, June 27, 2012

friend spoken here

I came across this old hobo symbol in a book today. It was painted or carved outside friendly places were ideas and stories were taught and then sent out into the world to be shared. Within twenty minutes of finding that page in the book it was painted on the front walk near the door with a goose feather. Friendship is spoken here, as is friend. Paint it near your own front door if you feel the same way. We know our own, by and by.

This symbol does not apply to groundhogs.

12 Comments:

Blogger Elizabeth said...

Great symbol. Can you tell the name/author of the book? I would like to know since I'm always curious about symbols and I use them a lot in my work.

June 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Madcap said...

Yes, I'd like to know too!

June 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

ran across it in the book Food Not Lawns, by H.C. Flores. It's about community and gardening, not hobos! but it has hobo spirit!

June 27, 2012 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Groundhogs only understand twelve gauge.

I've wondered if my grandparents' house was marked in such a manner. Both my grandmother and my father spoke of tramps stopping in and asking for a meal when my father was younger.

June 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM  
OpenID eagleandjournal said...

Groundhogs only understand twelve gauge.

I've wondered if my grandparents' house was marked in such a manner. Both my grandmother and my father spoke of tramps stopping in and asking for a meal when my father was younger.

June 27, 2012 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Bob, I laughed out load at 12 gauge!

June 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PCiRAR0W2-A/TW19949NnKI/AAAAAAAAA0g/5Q8-Euvv8I4/s1600/signs.jpg

see more symbols here!

June 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM  
OpenID meatbagz said...

AMEN to the groundhog clause! i'm all about live and let live, but we've got a groundhog living in our barn and i'm ready to evict the hoser. but hey, at least it eats some of the overgrown lawn...i guess.

June 27, 2012 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hey Jenna! My grandmother lived along a railroad in a small town in SouthCentral PA. She would take and feed Hobo's coming thru all year round. She said there was a mark somewhere nearby that the men knew there was a friendly home in the area. They would set on her porch in the summertime and fix umbrella's, shoes, etc. Most all had some type of trade to compensate for money. She said she was never afraid and was home alone most of the time they came thru. I remember 2 of them and then the railroad changed and they stopped coming. She would always send along a care package of a bar of soap, a comb, a hankie and such they could use along with some canned goods. She kept soup going on the stove 'just in case' a knock would come to the door. How things have changed today. Thanks for bringing back this memory ....

June 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Thanks Jenna.

June 28, 2012 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger jules said...

Looked at the symbols. It's the "Kindhearted Lady" that I remember.

June 28, 2012 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger spike said...

I did a whole series of paintings that incorporated hobo symbols. I have always been fascinated with the sub-culture of hobos. The painting we had in our guest room had the symbol for 'Safe Camp'.

June 28, 2012 at 7:48 PM  

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