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Unpacking Hobo Codes: The Pictographic Language of Train-Hopping Nomads

“With the spread of American train networks in the late 1800s, more and more hobos … tried their luck on the rails… leaving their marks along the way, including visual symbols scrawled or etched as messages to fellow travelers.” [Kurt Kohlstedt] https://99percentinvisible.org/article/unpacking-hobo-codes-the-pictographic-language-of-train-hopping-nomads/