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Alabama Outsider Bob Murray

The term HOBO comes from an old railroad call, “Ho, boy!”, perhaps at a time when accents were closer to the French pronunciation we could imagine a boss calling out to a worker “Ho, beaus!” as he tried to whip them back into  working harder. Hobos were found working farm jobs and wandering with heavy backpacks down the highways of the world. Bob Murray's Art falls in the category of Hobo/Tramp art. He was sort of a tramp or a wanderer. He lived in a different world, as far as work and philosophy were concerned. Due to the increase in police surveillance of highways, railroad yards, etc, there not as many of the hobos around and for sure they have played a big part in the history of America.