Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hobos on Train



Today's picture shows a group of Hobos in a Boxcar on a train. The men are playing cars. Hobos would often jump a freight train in order to travel to a new location, in search of work.

5 comments:

  1. The guy on the right looks like the same guy in Saturday's picture

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  2. I'm a little surprised that the photographer was able to get pictures after being lead to believe that the railroad "bulls" would be on the lookout for men hopping the train. Has that been played up too much in literature and movies?

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  3. I don't think this has been played up too much in literature and movies . . .but maybe some of the pics were "set up"? When my dad told stories of his and his teenage friends escapades in the 1930s, he didn't talk about riding inside the cars . . but rather on top. He told about how dirty and/or cold he and his teenage buddies got. Maybe they weren't smart enough to get inside a car? Or maybe too smart to get inside? Anyway, he also told about the "bulls" and how one chased them off the freight train once. They had to hike thru town to the outskirts of town, to "jump train" again. I'm pretty darn sure, there were no photos of my dad riding the freights. (and had anyone proposed a photo, he wouldn't have stood and grinned for the camera. I'm sure he'd have run the other way for fear of getting in trouble with his folks or the law).

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  4. So PJM, I am totally enjoyed to see your efforts that you would share with all of us. I have gotten to where I hate the Election....It just makes me wonder about what is true....Keep the information coming. We all need it. Maybe it will help us in our own direction. Larry

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  5. Where did these images (the ones of hobos) come from? Are they in the public domain? I'm interested in using them. Please let me know.

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