The (mostly) true story of hobo graffiti

What we know about hobo graffiti comes from hobos — a group that took pride in embellishing stories. Subscribe to our channel! Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out Watch our full video catalog: Follow Vox on Facebook: Or Twitter: Hobos, or tramps, were itinerant workers and wanderers who illegally hopped freight cars on the newly expanding railroad in the United States in the late 19th century. They used graffiti, also known as tramp writing, as a messaging system to tell their fellow travelers where they were and where they were going. Hobos would carve or draw their road persona,

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