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  “The Pick of the Litter” from Bob Shamey's Website −by V'Dubya ... 1/07  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Spring 2007 BoTales Is Progressing! •  
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  Dave's “Banjo Theme” carved nickels −by V'Dubya ... 1/07  
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  1 OZ. .9999 GOLD −by Bob Shamey ... 1/07  
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  Make My Next “Hobo” a Hobo Dollar! −by Mel Neff ... 1/07  
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  ###  Kick Start 2007 at FUN & OHNS General Meeting and Auction  ### −by Mama Jo ... 1/07  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Dave Wilson, OHNS RM#32, Deceased •  
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A Record $84,376 of Hobo Nickels Auctioned in One Day ... 1/07  
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2007 Prices Realized OHNS Auction #15 Auction held 1/6/07 in Orlando, Florida ... 1/07  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Sioux-City Sue” has seen better days •  
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In Search of the American Hobo ... 12/06  
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In Search of the American Hobo • • • Story Board ... 12/06  
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Traditional Folk Art Forms Evolve as Dynamic Living Traditions ... 12/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Designed by God” but “Enhanced by Dick! •  
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Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America −by Todd DePastino... 12/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • One of this Country's Most Colorful! •  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Cool and Different! •  
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Hobo Statue... “Bo and his Bud” −by Bob Shamey... 12/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Carving Nickels Relieves MUCH of the Stress of Maintaining a HUGE Bridge! •  
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  Carving Chips.....   • A Selection of Fantastic Classic Carvings from the Upcoming FUN2007 Heritage Auction •  
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21st Century Nickels Carved by William “BillZach” Jameson −by Mel Neff... 12/06  
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21st Century Nickels Carved into “Hobo Nickels” −by Mel Neff... 12/06  
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“Opgehitener” ~ A Kippah and a Tophat! ... 12/06  
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I Just Figured I Would Share This With Ya! −by Amy Armstrong... 12/06  
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One Hobo Nickel Collector's Recent eBay Acquisitions ... 12/06  
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Authentic Original HOBO NICKELS by “BO” Hughes ... 12/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Searching for Contemporary Nickel Carvers •  
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Hobo History −by Hobo Jeepers... 12/06  
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Camera Jim's Guides To eBay Auction Photography ... 12/06  
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A Brief History of North American Caricature Carving −by Rick Ferry ... 12/06  
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27 January 2007
The Pick of the Litter” from Bob Shamey's Website   −by V-Dubya
(痐'.(痐'. ····· .'疮).'疮)

Why I selected these five carved nickels to purchase...
   Bob had an even two dozen carved nickels posted on his website and it was difficult to pick my favorite(s)... sorta like trying to pick which puppy you want from a litter of the cute little larrikins!

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Igor
The Nose
Sweet Music
Peruvian Indian
Potato Head

Igor” #151 ~ An exceptionally deep carving depicting Dr. Frankenstein's helper Igor, piercing eyes, shaggy beard and an inlayed 24kt gold tooth. In the background, on either side of Igor, is an engraved and inlayed 'Tesla coil' with 24kt gold balls shooting electric waves at each other, what every monster lab had to have. {$280}
   “Igor” struck my eye first because he was so deeply carved, had sharply carved, distinct, features and had the COOL Tesla Coil portrayed in the background. The well thought out use of gold was certainly a plus as well. I was not happy that the coin's original date had been removed but the other positive factors outweighed that strong negative. Sometimes a carving simply “is what it is!” One has to take it or leave it.
The Nose” #134 ~ This carved face seems to emerge from the surface of this Jefferson nickel as if it were pushing out from inside the coin. An exaggerated character face of a very old man living inside this nickel. {$180}
   “The Nose” was both clever and well executed... too bad it was on a Jefferson host nickel. I would have much preferred it on a Buffalo host coin but such is life! Another “take it or leave it” situation.
Sweet Music” #163 ~ An exercise in anatomy, did you know ears are like fingerprints... no two are alike. But they all serve the same purpose... to hear... and the best of sound is music which brings about the engraved and inlayed 24kt gold musical notes. {$225}
   “Sweet Music” was the next carving to catch my eye for many of the same reasons that I liked “Igor.” It had an additional plus... I've been a strong advocate of nickel carvers using a different ear on each carving they do instead of adopting a standard ear for everything they carve. I have long observed, and been fascinated by, the fact that every person's ears are unique to themselves and have sought out carved nickels that reflected that fact of life.
Peruvian Indian” #78 ~ The Indians of the Andes mountains, descendents of the Inca, have adopted the soft bowler 'Hobo' hat as a national headdress since the 1700's. {$180}
   “Peruvian Indian” appealed to me because it reflected another “real life” fact... the hats worn by the women in that culture ...and wasn't just some imaginary subject spun out of the engraver's imagination. Not that I object to imaginary subjects mind you.
Potato Head” #91 ~ A smiling, stocking hat wearing, skier, streaking along, his scarf and cap flying in the wind. Look closely at the scarf and remember this is the buffalo side of the nickel. {$125}
   “Potato Head” just about got left behind until I noticed the excellent inclusion of portions of the original bison. The scarf made from the bison's hind legs was just OK ...but... the hat which used the original hump details really struck my fancy.

(痐'.(痐'. ····· .'疮).'疮)

If only I had unlimited funds I would have purchased these carvings also...
   While I am not equally impressed with every carving Bob creates... there were several more in this offering that I really would love to acquire!

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Abe
The Pharaoh
The Princess
Buffalo Skull
Full Warrior Bling

Abe” #114 ~ A very deeply carved relief of Abraham as he looks down from the seat in the Lincoln Memorial. {$525}
   “Abe” probably appeals to me because we were taught from grade school how great an American Lincoln was... that and tragedy of his assassination ...all of which combine to make his likeness appealing to many Americans. Of course it doesn't hurt that Bob was able to recreate Abe so faithfully.
The Pharaoh” #153 ~ A heavily textured headdress and boarder breaking beard contrast with the soft, deeply carved features of the Egyptian Pharaoh in deep meditation with an inlaid 24kt ankh, the Egyptian symbol of life. {$450}
   “The Pharaoh” has a strong face with genuine character in it. I particularly like the closed eyelids in this case rather than having his eyes staring out at you. The contrasting textures in his headdress are superlative! The ankh symbol inlayed with gold adds a unique flavor to this fine carving.
The Princess” #164 ~ A deep relief carving with engraving, inlaying and stone setting thrown in to create an elaborately beautiful young woman resplendent in her engraved and inlayed 24kt gold necklace with a faceted diamond set in front of her elaborate headwear. The host coin for this carving is a wonderful 1913 type 2 full horn buffalo. {$750}
   “The Princess” is simply “fine”... what more needs to be said? The use of the diamond is successful in this carving. Many times any precious stone added to a nickel carving looks really clunky but not when Bob does it. I personally prefer that the carver drill a hole completely through the nickel to mount a gemstone in so that light can come through the stone from the backside. That makes a gemstone come alive!
Buffalo Skull” #115 ~ A finely detailed carving of a traditional Indian 'Spirit Skull' embellished with a pair of eagle feathers. Notice the contrast of the four different textures. {$380}
   “Buffalo Skull” is a “traditional” subject but Bob executes it admirably and he uses the bright ring with a dark stippled background to good effect.
Full Warrior Bling” #66 ~ This is an extremely detailed carving, an alternative to the original, a very proud chief squinting at the sky in full regalia. Each of the 26 eagle feathers in his war bonnet has finely detailed quills and barbules. His chest is covered with a pipe bone breastplate and seven soft ermine tails hang from the 24kt inlaid roundels on either side of the beaded headband. The host coin is a beautiful AU full horn buffalo. {$1,200}
   “Full Warrior Bling” is my last selection despite, based on the price, it apparently is Bob's favorite carving in this offering. I expect much of my lack of enthusiasm is the fact that something similar to this subject has been done by virtually every “modern” carver who ever laid a graver against a Buffalo nickel. While this carving is superbly executed it suffers a bit in my eyes from lack of originality. ~ V-Dubya

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  Carving Chips.....   • Spring 2007 BoTales Is Progressing! •  
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22 January 2007
Steven D. Cox carved nickelSteven D. Cox carved nickelTurtle Hill Banjo Co.Steven D. Cox carved nickelBob Shamey carved nickel
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Dave's “Banjo Theme” carved nickels

   David Schenkman has been collecting carved nickels with a banjo theme for many years. Dave commissioned both Steve Cox and Bob Shamey to add their talent to his collection. The three obverse carvings above were done by Steve and the reverse carving was done by Bob.
   Steve carved all of the banjo and fiddle subject carvings shown below to continue the stringed instrument theme. Great work Steve! ~ V-Dubya.
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18 January 2007


 1 OZ. .9999 GOLD
   A carved coin collector that I had the pleasure of meeting at a 慒UN show a few years ago recently asked me to carve a “Hobo Theme” using one of the new Indian Buffalo one ounce .9999 fine $50 gold coin.
   The image I chose was that of three hobos, one in profile, one three quarters and one face on carved from the still recognizable silhouette of the Indians head. To tie the heads together I used the symbol of the sun representing the outdoors and for a touch of whimsy I turned the pipe smoke into four ghost images. As a whole I found the gold to be an interesting medium to carve in. ~ Bob Shamey

It took me some head scratching to see Bob's “four ghost images” because they combine in such a way that, at the scale of this photo, they appear to be a single large ghost image... perhaps that was Bob's intent. ~ V-Dubya
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16 January 2007
Make My Next “Hobo” a Hobo Dollar!   −by Mel Neff


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   What is large, heavy, pretty, neat and something that you don't see very often?
   If you said “Hobo Dollar” then you guessed correctly. There is something kind of special about having hobo carvings on dollar coins. Whether they are obverse or reverse carvings or done on silver or clad dollar coins. Whether they are carved on Morgan, Peace, Ike, Susan B. Anthony or some other dollar coin they are all pretty interesting hobo coins.
   A dollar size coin gives a carver a larger canvas to work with and may inspire him/her to carve different things that they may not want to try carving on a smaller coin such as a nickel. Just take a look at these beautiful examples and you can see why I say: “Make my next hobo a hobo dollar!” ~ Mel

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15 January 2007
 ###  Kick Start 2007 at FUN & OHNS General Meeting and Auction  ###  −by  Mama Jo  (Hobo Queen 2003-2004)
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Carving Chips.....   • Dave Wilson, OHNS RM#32, Deceased •  
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I regret to inform the members of the club that my good friend Dave Wilson passed away this morning of a heart attack.
He was a former authenticator for the club and really loved hobo nickels.
We had many dinners at the local diner, talking hobo nickels. He was a good person and an honest dealer. I will miss him ~ Keith Pedersen
14 January 2007
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“David T. Wilson, 65, of Jackson” ~ Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 01/17/07
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11 January 2007

A Record $84,376 of Hobo Nickels Auctioned in One Day

   On January 6th at the 2007 FUN Show, a record $84,376 for 246 lots of hobo nickels was realized in two separate auctions. At the annual OHNS (Original Hobo Nickel Society) hobo nickel auction, 85 lots were auctioned for a total of $33,381.15 including the 10% buyer's fee. Later in the day, at the Heritage Signature Auction, 161 lots were auctioned for $50,995 including the 15% buyer's fee.
   The Heritage lots were primarily from the collections of Troy Wiseman and the late Norm Talbert. Troy is a Life member of OHNS. Wiseman co-founded World Orphans in 1993, which since then has funded the construction of over 500 orphanages in 46 countries and has rescued over 25,000 children. All of the proceeds from the Troy Wiseman hobo nickel collection are going to the World Orphans charity.
   A new auction record for a single hobo nickel was set in the Heritage Auction. Lot 8152, a carving by “Bert” Wiegand, the mentor for “Bo” George Washington Hughes, realized $5,750 with the 15% buyer抯 fee. This nickel was obtained by Troy Wiseman in OHNS Auction #12 at the 2004 FUN Show.

Ralph Winter, OHNS Life Member and OHNS Board Member EMail address for Ralph Winter
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6 January 2007
  2007 Prices Realized     OHNS Auction #15  
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Auction info provided here as a courtesy only.   The “official” auction catalog is the printed version and will have all the final editing shown in it.


ORIGINAL HOBO NICKEL SOCIETY, INC.
A Florida Not-For-Profit Corporation
FUN2007  Mail and Floor Bid Auction
to be held at the
Original Hobo Nickel Society Meeting
Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 10 a.m.
Orange County Convention Ctr, Hall NB, North Concourse
9400 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819
Individual “Prices Realized” are posted with each LOT description on the catalog pages.
$33,956.15 Auction Total

This item will remain at the top of NEWS webpage until the Auction is held.                         Posted:   15 November 2006
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Carving Chips.....   •Sioux-City Sue” has seen better days •  
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...but she still wears a smile wherever she goes. Sue married a traveling man but somehow lost him to the road. So she travels the countryside searching the hobo jungles for her long-lost sweetheart. The gentlemen of the open-road always give Sue a warm welcome, a woman's cooking is always appreciated.
www.hobosinwood.com • Rick Ferry • “Little Shavers Woodcarving Supply”
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28 December 2006
  “In Search of the American Hobo”  
Night encampment of tramps near the Boston and Albany RailroadHobos in camp in 1895Hobos in camp in 1895Turtle for supper!
• The Machine Age: Introduction  ···  Bibliography
  −The Tramp Problem  ···  Bibliography
The Tramp as a Social Factor
 FrontCover  TitlePage  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  Adv. 
How Men Become Tramps
 941  942  943  944  945 
  −The Roll of the Rails  ···  Bibliography
• Hobohemia: Introduction
  −The City  ···  Bibliography
  −The Jungle  ···  Bibliography
  −Riding the Rails  ···  Bibliography
The Tramp and the Railroads
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• The World of Tomorrow: Introduction
  −The Changing Face of Labor  ···  Bibliography
  −The Changing Face of Migrants  ···  Bibliography
Hoboes and Tramps
  Glossary of Hobo Terms
  The Road to Roam
  Sister of the Road
  Boy and Girl Tramps of America
  Bottom Dogs
  A Place to Lie Down
  Waiting for Nothing
  · Autobiography
  Authors
  −From a Tramp to a King  ···  Bibliography
"Hoboes of America" 1939 Year Book
 FrontCover  TitlePage  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  21  22  23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30  31  32 
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• Additional Resources
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24 December 2006
 “In Search of the American Hobo” 
  • • • Story Board
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23 December 2006
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Traditional Folk Art Forms Evolve as Dynamic Living Traditions

Master Folk Artists demonstrate superior levels of craftsmanship and creativity, often introducing new materials and innovations that express both traditional and contemporary imagery and values. In this way, traditional folk art forms evolve as dynamic living traditions. Carved nickels, which we lovingly refer to as “Hobo Nickels”, are evolving rapidly due to the hard work and talent of a wonderfully diverse group of currently active nickel carvers. Shown above are specimens recently carved by contemporary artists Steve Cox, Bob Shamey and Cliff Kraft. ~ V'Dubya

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Carving Chips.....   •Designed by God” but “Enhanced by Dick!•  
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This is my own scroll design and my first attempt at engraving on a Zippo lighter. The wolf was designed by “God” and I copied him from a picture.

Dick Sheehan
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You all know the first thoughts that flashed through my mind when I saw Dick's wonderful engraving. He could have even worked some of this superb scroll work into a carved nickel design for us to admire!

V-Dubya
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 21 December 2006 
Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America

Citizen Hobo cover
on the road
Hobo face carved on coin
An interview with
Todd DePastino
author of “Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America

Hobo” conjures up the 1930s梂oody Guthrie's Bound for Glory and all that梑ut you start your book with the post-Civil War army of tramps. What put that army into motion? {answers}
When did “tramps” become “hoboes”? Where did that word come from? What's the difference between a tramp, a hobo, and a bum? {answers}
In urban areas hoboes gathered on the “main stem.” In Chicago the main stem was West Madison Street, and it was known as the Hobo Capital of the World. Can you describe this? What were hoboes looking for in cities, and why did they congregate there? {answers}
The excerpt we have here on our website is about the political organization of hoboes before World War I. Did hoboes have an impact on the broader political landscape of the time? {answers}
Hobohemia” was in decline prior to the new flood of unemployed migrants in the 1930s. Would hobo culture have disappeared without the Depression? {answers}
In other words, social policy was significantly shaped by the homeless hoboes? {answers}
Well, surely not everyone would. There's a postwar subculture that was still in love with the wayfaring life梩he Beat counterculture of the 1950s and the Hippie counterculture of the 1960s. What was their connection, if any, to hobohemia? {answers}
Unemployment is on the upswing once again, and there is renewed attention to the homeless. How have the “new homeless” of the last twenty years differed from tramps, hoboes, and bums? Where are we in our understanding and treatment of the problem? {answers}
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Todd DePastino's... Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America
2003, 352 pages, 15 halftones, 1 map, 11 line drawings ~ Cloth $32.50 ISBN: 0-226-14378-3 ~ Paper $20.00 ISBN: 0-226-14379-1
Copyright notice: 2003 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. This text may be used and shared in accordance with the fair-use provisions of U.S. copyright law, and it may be archived and redistributed in electronic form, provided that this entire notice, including copyright information, is carried and provided that the University of Chicago Press is notified and no fee is charged for access. Archiving, redistribution, or republication of this text on other terms, in any medium, requires the consent of the University of Chicago Press.

hobohemian... 1) A homeless artist or musician, commonly found in cities 2) An artistic hipster who often stays at the random homes of friends, family members and current lovers but never has any money or current mailing address 3) Unemployed college student who is in a band and hangs out in coffee shops arguing with people about current affairs. [ Many residents of the San Francisco Bay Area are hobohemians, creating their art and music under the guise that a life of obscurity is better than paying taxes and getting a real job. ]
bo穐e穖i穉n... A person with artistic or literary interests who disregards conventional standards of behavior. [ French boh閙ien, from Boh阭e, Bohemia (from the unconventional life style of its Gypsy inhabitants.) ]
Bo穐e穖i穉n... 1) A native or inhabitant of Bohemia. 2) A Gypsy. 3) The Czech dialects of Bohemia.

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  Carving Chips.....   • One of this Country's Most Colorful! •  

The Rise and Fall of the Dil Pickle
Jazz-Age Chicago's Wildest and Most Outrageously Creative Hobohemian Nightspot
Franklin Rosemont (editor)
Charles H Kerr, 2003. Paperback 188 pages. ISBN 088286274X.
     Founded in 1914 by former Wobbly Jack Jones, Irish revolutionist Jim Larkin, and a group of IWW-oriented Bughouse Square hobos and soapboxers, the Dil Pickle in just a few years was widely recognized as the wildest, most playful, most creative, and most radical nightspot in the known universe ~ especially after Dr. Ben Reitman (Emma Goldman's former lover and press agent) joined the club in 1917. In this book ~ the first ever devoted to one of this country's most colorful and best-loved counter-institutions ~ Franklin Rosemont has collected forty-one reminiscences of the Dil Pickle by poets, artists, journalists, novelists, hobos, scholars, anarchists, wobblies, and other assorted radicals and oddballs.

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  Carving Chips.....   • Cool and Different! •  

     Steve gave this coin the name “Butt Ugly 1” but I do not see a carving that is ugly when I look at it. What I see is a coin that is an interesting blend of beauty and crudeness. It is very important to note that whatever crudeness you see in this coin was NOT from some lack of skill on the part of the engraver because Steve Ellsworth is a terrific and very skillful nickel carver.
     Rather the crudeness is there by choice and  design. Steve had the skill, creativity, imagination and most importantly the courage to carve this coin and blend a certain beauty and crudeness together into a coin that I find to be quite interesting, cool and different. I don't know about you hobo nickel fans but I know that I am very much looking forward to bidding on Steve's Butt Ugly 2!
Mel Neff

     My wife says I look like one of these guys in the morning so I thought I'd see what I would look like on a coin. A few whacks with the hammer and a couple of punches convinced me that the old hobo's really worked their butts off making these darn things. Hence the name Butt Ugly. Not sure if it looks like me but it's close.
     As you can see, this style of coin cutting differs radically from my usual style of carving but it was fun to do. Photographs usually don't do my coins justice but this one does. This guy is just as ugly on my bench as he looks here. Sure would hate to meet up with this fella on a dark night in a boxcar.
Steve Ellsworth

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 18 December 2006 
  Hobo Statue...Bo and his Bud” −by Bob Shamey 
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   This is a recent piece that I did as part of a complex multi-dimensional work of art containing twenty-five different metal sculptures done by Torch Casting and Lost Wax.
   After finishing twenty-four different designs I was thinking about hobo nickels and I sculpted this little hobo with his dog in wax and made a mold from the original casting... and what you see is what came out.
   I tried to give the “Bo and his Bud” some character to make the viewer smile.
   Even though he is poor and threadbare with his shoe falling apart and his toes sticking out he is still taking care of his buddy and his buddy is looking after him!
   I have cast up a few of these little guys in bronze... so if anyone, who is interested in Hobos, is interested in these let me hear from you. ~ Bob Shamey EMail address for Bob Shamey

  “Bo and Bud” are 1½ inches tall and 1 inch at the base.  
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Carving Chips.....   • Carving Nickels Relieves MUCH of the Stress of Maintaining a HUGE Bridge! •  
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Staten Island Keith Pedersen Carved Nickels New York City and Brooklyn
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Carving Chips.....   • A Selection of Fantastic Classic Carvings from the Upcoming FUN2007 Heritage Auction •  
Lot:8177 1913-P (Type One)Lot:8178 1913-D (Type One)Lot:8179 1913-S (Type One)Lot:8180 1913-P (Type Two)Lot:8181 1913-D (Type Two)
Lot:8182 1913-S (Type Two)Lot:8183 1914-PLot:8184 1914-D (Obverse)Lot:8184 1914-D (Reverse)Lot:8187 1915-P
Lot:8190 1916-PLot:8195 1917-SLot:8203 1920-PLot:8224 1928-SLot:8233 1935-P
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17 December 2006
21st Century Nickels Carved by William “BillZach” Jameson
SAR-520-4-8-4
SAR-520-4-8-4
−by Mel Neff
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2006 "Return to Monticello" Obverse2006 "Return to Monticello" Reverse2005 "President Jefferson with Handwritten Liberty" Obverse2005 "American Bison" Reverse2005 "Ocean in view! O! The joy!" Reverse2004 Jefferson "Westward Journey" Obverse2004 "Louisiana Purchase/Peace Medal" Reverse2004 "Keelboat" Reverse1971 Jefferson Obverse1971 Jefferson "Monticello" Reverse
Original Host Nickels
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16 December 2006
21st Century Nickels Carved into “Hobo Nickels”
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−by Mel Neff
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   Hi Everybody! My name is Mel and I am a new Hobo Nickel collector and OHNS member. I have lived in Southern California almost my entire life. While living here in sunny California I have enjoyed fishing, target shooting and flying Cessna and Katana airplanes.
   I have only been collecting Hobo Nickels for the last five months but I have learned a lot and made many friends along the way. An article in the July 2006 issue of Coinage Magazine
{1} is what got me started. Before I got involved with Hobo Nickels, I collected mint state Sacagawea dollars and both proof and mint state Ike dollars. I currently have some nice sets of Ike and Sacagawea dollars on both of the PCGS and NGC registries.
   When I first started collecting Hobo Nickels I adhered to the “strict definition” on page 2 of our latest Hobo Nickel Guidebook which states: “A buffalo nickel upon which someone purposefully altered the design (the Indian head on the obverse or the bison on the reverse) to depict something else or embellish or change the original features. The original design should be altered or incorporated into the new depiction”.
2005 "President Jefferson with Handwritten Liberty" Obverse2005 "American Bison" Reverse2005 "Ocean in view! O! The joy!" Reverse2006 "Return to Monticello" Obverse2006 "Return to Monticello" Reverse
Original Host Nickels
   For that reason I believed that a Hobo Nickel could only be carved on a good old buffalo nickel dated from 1913 to 1938. After all, that is the coin that was originally used. How could any other coin be used to carve a Hobo Nickel? But as time has passed I have developed a strong appreciation not only for recently carved nickels but especially those that have been done on 2005 and 2006 nickels by contemporary folk artists such as: Steve Adams, Ray Castro, Steven Cox, Steve Ellsworth, Bill Jameson, and Keith Pedersen.
   In fact, I currently have some carvings on 2005 nickels and a couple of carvings on 2006 nickels and I would love to add more of these carvings to my Hobo Nickel collection. If you take a look at our OHNS Auction Catalog #14 you will find no carvings that were done on 2005 nickels. If you look at our current OHNS Auction Catalog #15 you will find no carvings on either 2005 or 2006 nickels.
   It is my hope that this article will stimulate the many fine carvers out there to either consider
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doing some of their work on 2005 and 2006 nickels or to consider doing more of their work on our 21st Century nickels. One only needs to look at the fine examples that I have provided here to understand what I am talking about! Thanks for reading my first ever article for our terrific Hobo Nickel website. ~ Mel

Bill Jameson Bill Jameson Keith Pedersen Keith Pedersen Keith Pedersen
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{1} Collecting Hobo Nickels; A Hobby in Transformation −by Leon Worden • COINage magazine • Vol. 42, No. 7 • July 2006
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14 December 2006


Opgehitener” ~ A Kippah and a Tophat!
   Some Jewish men have a custom of wearing two head coverings, typically a kippah covered by a hat, for Kabbalistic reasons; the two coverings correspond to two levels of intellect, or two levels in the fear of God. The High Priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, the Kohain Gadol, also used to wear a woolen kippa under his priestly headdress

    Others wear two head coverings for fashion reasons (i.e., the kippah and a baseball cap or dress hat) so that they may appear fashionable in public, while still having the kippah for indoors. In a sense this defeats the purpose of wearing a yarmulke, as it is customary for the yarmulke to be visible to others from all angles.
   In the early 1900s, Orthodox rabbis and temple members wore top hats to signal that they understood and were comfortable with American clothing styles. What's more, the hat signified that the wearer had achieved great status.
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“Yiddishkeit” ~ Yiddish Words and Expressions −by Michael D. Fein             Opgehitener − “Pious person”
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 13 December 2006 
I Just Figured I Would Share This With Ya!
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   I was recently taking pictures of some of my engravings and carvings trying to take a decent picture of an Al Mar Knife I engraved Bulino style with a red fox. I started thinking about my trip to Emporia KS. last July when I had brought this knife with me to Kansas to show off to classmates and Glendo staff.
   At the GRS Tuesday Eve Supper, that you and Caroline had attended, we were looking at some of my nickels and this knife. You told me there was only ONE thing wrong with this engraving... it wasn't done on a nickel. My very next project when I got home was nickel carving #26 Red Fox.
   Well, I REALLY enjoyed doing this carving and I submited it to the 2007 FUN show auction. To my surprise, the fox nickel made the auction catalog cover. COOL! I have attached a picture of the knife and nickel. I just figured I would share this with ya! ~ Amy Armstrong

 
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A view of the north side of the Central Alaska Range looking at it just to the left/east of Mount Denali/McKinley.
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11 December 2006
One Hobo Nickel Collector's Recent eBay Acquisitions
Mike Cirelli, Jr. • $33

Bob Shamey • $453.50

Bob Shamey • $537

Bob Shamey • $286

Amy Armstrong • $297.88

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11 December 2006
Authentic Original HOBO NICKELS by “BO” Hughes

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$520.96
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$352
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$152.50
After reading several articles in Coin World newspaper about HOBO nickels in 1981, I purchased three original hobo nickels from coin dealer
Del Romines in Louisville, Kentucky. He had just purchased a group of these nickels in Indiana from George Washington “BO” Hughes.
I have just recently submitted these three nickels to THE ORIGINAL HOBO NICKEL SOCIETY (OHNS) DESIGNATION SERVICE for their
opinions on these coins. Bill Fivaz and Steve Alpert examined these as qualified specialists and express their best considered judgment
of the coins. To paraphrase from the submission form, “Their opinions are just that, opinions, and others may reach different conclusions”.
However, these two men are highly qualified experts in this field. ~ ronsue48... Dec-3-06 17:35:07PST
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  Carving Chips.....   • Searching for Contemporary Nickel Carvers •  
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   Can anyone tell us who “C.C.” is? I just purchased this crude carving on eBay and the Seller could not tell us anything about who carved it. Judging from the fact this carving has serial number #3 I would guess that “C.C.” was just learning the trade. Perhaps this was last week but it could have been last year or even longer ago. Hope you can help us! ~ V-Dubya

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   This clown comes to us from “Jag” or some similar “tag”.
   My eyesight just doesn't work all that well any more. Does anyone out there have another example of this carver's work or know who this person is? ~ V-Dubya

The carver's name is Edward, he resides in central Illinois and did not want me to take his picture
for the hobo club. He is going to inital all pieces with JAG.” ~ Pat Johnson, 2/17/05.
Pat told me that Edward is a wood carver who tried his hand at carving nickels. ~ Ralph Winter, 12/9/06
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Preferred EMail address for V-Dubya Alternate EMail address for V-Dubya Folks have been telling me “off and on” that EMails to my ISP “grasshoppernet.com”
are often being rejected with permanent errors. The only way I can figure to provide
dependable access/availability is to establish an alternate EMail address...
Alternate EMail address for V-Dubya
Now all I have to do is to remember to check it regularly! ~ V-Dubya
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7 December 2006

Hobo History
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Riding the rails
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    The name "Hobo" first started appearing in the early 1800's.  Before the Civil War many hobos had taken to the rails as a way of life.  Around the time of the Civil War, railroads were being built a an astonishing rate and in the early 1870's there were between 50,000 and 60,000 miles of track interwoven throughout the United States.  During the early days late 1880's a depressed economy was certainly prevalent, times were hard and hoboes took to the rails in great numbers, hitchhikers were also increasing, nobody had any money to go anywhere and pay the ticket to get there.
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Read the full version of...   Hobo Jeepers' “Hobo History” Click here to visit Hobo Jeepers' Hobo History webpage
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5 December 2006
Camera Jim's Guides To eBay Auction Photography
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2 December 2006

A Brief History of North American Caricature Carving  −by Rick Ferry
Axel Petersson Herman Rosell Emil Janel Carl Johan Trygg Carl Olaf Trygg

Lars Trygg Nils Trygg H. S. “Andy” Anderson Harold L. Enlow

Little Shavers Woodcarving Supply 423 SW 104th St. Seattle, WA 98146-1545
   Regardless of what some contemporary caricature carvers might like to believe, they did not invent caricature carving. Although I have narrowed my article to North American caricature carving; I would be remiss if I did not recognize European influence on our current style. While most European countries carved in caricature to some degree; it was Sweden that had the most profound and lasting effect.

Read the full version of... “A Brief History of North American Caricature Carving”
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