Over the years, the idea of a "hobo code" has gained a greater presence than the popular imagination. Already in the early 1900s, magazines wrote about the mysteries of the pictographic language. But did it even exist?
Over in Vox, they dug into the history of the hobby code, read source material and consult experts in the field. For the unfamiliar, the "hobo code" was a symbol-based written language used by hobos ̵1; travel planners or walkers who illegally used the railroad system as a national transport network – to allegedly leave messages to other hobos, saying they would be wary of a heavy police presence. or that a particular home housed a person who was willing to feed them.
Their video gives a fascinating look at the heavily mythologized story of the hobby code: