14.000 x 11.000 x 0.750 inches
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Painting - Acrylic On Tempered Masonite Gessoed Panel
The railroad has a lot of meaning for me. I've always been fascinated by trains and even hopped one once for a ride. Hobos used the railroad to eke out a living by seeking food from sympathetic housewives. A whole language of signs grew up denoting what was to be expected by the next group of hobos. They would read the signs to see where food could be obtained and safe place to sleep. Always on the move the lifestyle was in its heyday during the GREAT DEPRESSION.
A hobo is a migratory worker or homeless vagabond, especially one who is penniless. The term originated in the Western—probably Northwestern—United States during the last decade of the 19th century. Unlike "tramps", who work only when they are forced to, and "bums", who do not work at all, "hobos" are workers who wander.
February 19th, 2013
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