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Watercolor Paintings by Nickel Carver Jack Press ... 5/11 
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  Summer 2011 “BoTales” Feature Articles ... 5/11  
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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #55 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 5/11 
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A Peek Into “Guido” Avancini's Bindle ... 5/11  
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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #54 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 5/11 
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A Peek Into “Coal Cracker's” Bindle ... 4/11  
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“Carving Progression Photos” ... −by Andy Gonzales 4/11  
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Inspirations For Hobo Carvings Come From Many Sources ... 4/11  
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  Carving Chips..... English Nicknames are a Fascinating Subject
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Nickel Carver Frank Smith from Monroe, Michigan ... Ralph Winter 4/11  
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Boomswagger Blog | Hitch hiking to Florida! ... Jim Dziura 4/11  
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  Carving Chips..... Summer BoTales is Progressing
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“My Coin Show Finds” ... −by “Ralph the Collector” 4/11  
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Honorary Life Member Don Haley Revels in a Golden Era of Collecting! ... 4/11  
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“Cinco the Jeweler” Has a Great Week! ... 4/11  
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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #53 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 3/11 
811
  Carving Chips..... Nickel Carver Marcus Hunt Catches 64# Wahoo! (October 2006)
810
Rocky′s 52 52 songs celebrating 52 years ... 3/11 
809
MamaJo at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park ... 3/11 
808
Marc Banks Takes GRRREAT Natural Color Photographs! ... 3/11 
807
BoTales describes FUN activities COIN WORLD • March 14, 2011 • page 85 ... 3/11 
806
  Carving Chips..... How To Watch Keith Pedersen Carve Nickels... Assuming He Is OnLine At The Moment!
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  Spring 2011 “BoTales” Feature Articles ... 3/11  
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Mark Thomas “Craftsman To The Past” ... 3/11 
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31 May 2011
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Watercolor Paintings by Nickel Carver Jack Press
   In Ralph Winter's Summer 2011 BoTales cover article, “Jack Press − the Bridge Between Classic and Modern” he introduced us to one of two Jack Press watercolor paintings owned by J.Allen, HLM18, that she recently shared with Don Haley, HLM9. Shown below are both of those paintings in full color for your viewing pleasure.
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24 May 2011
Summer 2011 “BoTales” Feature Articles
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     Classic and Modern” by Ralph Winter ..... Front Cover
BoTales Banner Banter & Editor's Message ..... 2
BoTales Publishing Schedule ..... 2
OHNS Board Members ..... 3
2011 Hobo Tokens Available ..... 3
Membership & Quality Designation Form ..... 4
President's Message ..... 5
Rita Jene Housebound ..... 5
ANA Summer Seminar Scholarship ..... 5
When Was the Earliest? ..... 6
What Have You Heard Them Called? ..... 6-7
Mom Passed the Test ..... 7
Centennial of Carving Hobo Nickels from Buffalo 5¢s ..... 7
Tom Culhane's Hobo Nickels ..... 7
Presidents on Old Hobo Nickels ..... 8-9
“HOIMAN th' HOBO” ..... 9
New OHNS Members ..... 9
OHNS website ..... 9
Introducing “Wrinkles” ..... 10
Introducing “Diamond Jim” ..... 10
Introducing “Lucky Strike” ..... 11
“Jack Press - the Bridge Between
     Classic and Modern” by Ralph Winter ..... 12-13
Tanenbaum Catches the Westbound ..... 14
Ride is over for “Iowa Blackie” ..... 14
Call for Nominations ..... 15
20 Year Celebration - 2012 F.U.N. ..... 15
“A Nickel and a Nail” by Adam Leech ..... 16-20
Some Recent eBay Sales of Hobo Nickels ..... 21-22
Do You Know the Artist? ..... 23
Three's A Match ..... 23
Jimbo Takes the Westbound ..... Back Cover
What a Find! ..... Back Cover
Introducing “Wrinkles”, “Diamond Jim”, and “Lucky Strike”
Click to read this article −by Don Wolfe RM981, Marc Banks RM538, Warren Stabler RM848, and Arturo DelFavero RM552 Click to read this article
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  “Diamond Jim”  
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Click to read all historical dossiers 825  21 May 2011
De Zwerver Dossier #55  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
Classic... $104 eBay
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Classic... $132 eBay
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“Peanut Ear”... $495 eBay
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Rita Hutchings... $61 and $67 eBay
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Classic... $186 eBay
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Classic... $251 eBay
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Steve Ellsworth... $260/pair eBay
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Marcus Hunt... $372 eBay
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Classic... $101 eBay
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Classic... $25 eBay
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John Schipp... Private Sale
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Howard Thomas... $280 eBay
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Steve Cox... Private Sale
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“Big Nose”... $205 eBay
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Classic... $39 eBay
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Steve Adams... $305 eBay
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Andy Gonzales... $350 eBay
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Translation... “The Hobo File #55 [ bits and pieces ]”
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18 May 2011
A Peek Into “Guido” Avancini's* Bindle
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* A.K.A.:  Fred Avan
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Click to read all historical dossiers 823  2 May 2011
De Zwerver Dossier #54  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
“Bert Prisoner”... $421 eBay(2010) and $610 eBay(2011)
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“Rough Beard”... $310 eBay
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John Dorusa... $33 eBay
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“Needle Ear”... $374 Heritage(2007) and $713 eBay(2011)
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Andy Gonzales... $735 eBay
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Lee Griffiths... “Groβherzog” and “Groβherzogin”.
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Chris DeCamillis... Private Sales
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Mark Thomas... Private Sale
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John Schipp... $300 eBay
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“No Neck”... Aquired in 2003 and $799 eBay(2011)
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Classic... $10 Dealer
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Howard Thomas... $169 and $239 eBay
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Translation... “The Hobo File #54 [ bits and pieces ]”
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27 April 2011
A Peek Into “Coal Cracker's”* Bindle
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* A.K.A.:  Warren Stabler
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821 
26 April 2011
Carving Progression Photos −by Andy Gonzales
While creating my recent nickel carving, the Confederate Commander Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson,
I took this series of carving progression photos and thought our society members might enjoy seeing them.
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25 April 2011
Inspirations For Hobo Carvings Come From Many Sources
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   A 500 year old sketch provided Chris DeCamillis RM1183 with the inspiration for this “Durer's Sketch” carving. “In 1508, during the period of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Albrecht Durer sketched a picture of an anonymous black man. The status of the black man is unknown to us today. By researching the routes of the Trans Atlantic Slave trade, one can speculate about the position of this man. By thoroughly analyzing Durer's sketch, Head of a Negro, we could learn about the man's physical appearance as well as Durer's artistic style.”
African American History Through the Arts: Durer's Head of a NegroClick to read “Durer's Head of a Negro.”
   This Lee Griffiths RM712 “Watch on the Rhine” carving was based on Karl X. Goetz' 1920 medal protesting the arrival of black colonial French troops to occupy the Rhine territory. Most certainly a ploy by the French to humiliate the Germans. Goetz was obviously livid with the action. Goetz' medals were produced quickly in order to retain their topical interest and in doing so, the medals became primarily expressions of emotions rather than a well-planned intellectual effort. Still, an almost continuous stream were produced in the form of reasonably priced castings made in base metals.
“Text and medal image provided by Henry Scott Goodman at KarlGoetz.com”
The Art Work of Karl X. Goetz: WWI Satirical SeriesClick to access the “The Art Work of Karl X. Goetz”.
The Watch on the Rhine: The Military Occupation of the RhinelandClick to access “The Watch on the Rhine” via eBook.
   My Union Civil War Soldier “Oliver 'Old Noll' North Schipp” carving is based on a sketch I did. I use a lot of older photos for reference when I am practicing. Then when I am working on a piece I will be carving or painting I like to put the references away and draw whatever comes out... making for designs that are often surreal or caricatures of reality. ~ John Schipp RM1172
   I did the sculpt for the 2" brass medal that I used for this project in the early 1990's. After finishing the hobo version “2" Pennsylvania Hobo Medal” carving I gave it a different patina to look more antique and bronze like. I won't say never... but I seriously doubt you'll see too many more medal carvings done by me in the future. They are a nice addition to a collection but they don't get the response of an actual coin carving. I think this is the third I've done, could be the last. It was still fun to do. ~ Steve Adams RM608
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  Carving Chips.....   • English Nicknames are a Fascinating Subject •  
Noll” used to be a common nickname for “Oliver.”
   Name Dropping: One of Oliver Cromwell's nicknames among the English people, when they weren't calling him something worse, was “Old Noll.”
   In a custom dating from medieval times, people used to add an affectionate “mine” before first names starting with a vowel, and they often dropped syllables as well. Thus “mine Oliver” led to “Noll”; “mine Abel” led to “Nab”; “mine Ann” led to “Nan”; “mine Edward” led to “Ned”; and “mine Ellen” led to “Nell.”
   English nicknames are a fascinating subject. The word “nickname” itself is derived from an extremely old word, “ekename” (an “eke” is an addition or a piece added on).
   The first published reference to “ekename,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary, appeared in 1303. The pronunciation of the expression “an ekename” was misunderstood as “a nekename,” which in turn led to the modern word “nickname,” first recorded in the 17th century.
   One common way nicknames were formed was by dropping syllables from the front: “Drew” (for “Andrew”); “Beth” (“Elizabeth”); “Fred” (“Alfred”); “Tony” (“Anthony”); and “Derick” (“Theoderick” or “Roderick”).
   Nicknames that use only the first syllables include “Eliza” (“Elizabeth”); “Alex” (“Alexander”); “Fred” (“Frederick”); “Sam” (“Samuel”), and dozens of others, including my own nickname, “Pat” for “Patricia.”
   There are even nicknames taken from the middle: “Liz” and “Lisa” (“Elizabeth,” “Elisabeth”); “Della” (“Adelaide”), “Trish” (“Patricia”), and others.
   Sometimes nicknames were formed by adding “in” to a first syllable. This is how we got “Robin” as a nickname for “Robert.” And sometimes an “r” in the middle of a name would somehow become an “l,” as in “Hal” (“Harry”), “Mol” (“Mary” or “Martha”); “Dolly” (“Dorothy”); or “Sally” (“Sarah”).
   But in our time most nicknames are mere shortenings or are formed by adding “ie” or “ey” or “y” to the first syllable of a longer name. This is how we get “Chris/Christie,” “Dave/Davie,” “Jamie,” “Charlie,” “Johnny,” “Pat/Patty,” “Rosie,” “Gracie,” “Marty,” and a slew of others.
   Nobody's sure how “Margaret” gave us “Peggy,” “William” gave us “Bill,” “John” gave us “Jack,” “Robert” led to “Bob,” “Richard” ended up as “Dick,” or “Edward” led to “Ted.” ~ Patricia T. O'Conner ~ GrammarPhobia.comClick to visit website.
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21 April 2011
Nickel Carver Frank Smith from Monroe, Michigan  −by Ralph Winter
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   I'd like to introduce hobo nickel carver Frank Smith from Monroe, Michigan. Frank has been a vest pocket coin dealer for several years now. I met him at the Blue Ribbon Coin Show, a small monthly show held in Toledo, Ohio.
   A couple of years back Frank saw a hobo nickel and decided to try carving some. He tells me he does it for pure enjoyment. Although he brings his hobo nickels to the coin show, you have to ask him to see them and/or to buy them. He likes them enough so that he's in no big rush to sell them. Frank does not sell his nickels on eBay.
   Frank is self taught and makes his own tools. He doesn't have any professionally made tools. I have noticed his carving skill is beginning to improve. Frank signs his nickel with a stamped “7” on the reverse side and he is now adding the year carved. For example; on the carvings shown above, “7 09” indicates a nickel carved in 2009 and “11 7” is one carved in 2011. Many of his hobo nickels are darkly toned. ~ Ralph Winter
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16 April 2011
Boomswagger Blog | Hitch hiking to Florida!
News and web log for Los Angeles-based filmmaker Jim Dziura
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   I just got back from a hitch hiking adventure with my friend Adam Leech who owns the Leechpit in Colorado Springs.
   About a year ago, he and I discovered we shared a similar interest in hobo nickels. He carves ′em and I collect ′em and we hatched a plan: the idea was to hitch hike from Colorado to a huge coin show in Tampa, of which the Original Hobo Nickel Society (OHNS) was a very small part. We wanted to trade hobo nickels for rides and document the whole thing for a to-be-determined future project.
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10 April 2011
My Coin Show Finds” −by “Ralph the Collector*
I like the 1914 carving because it's so different from other classic carvings. The weak 1925 piece is so-so but worth owning.
I really like the next two. I got them for bargain prices... and, although they are both no dates, their reverses are moderately strong.
The last two punched carvings are unsigned J.Press pieces that I liked and also got very inexpensively. ~ Ralph
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5 April 2011
Honorary Life Member Don Haley Revels in a Golden Era of Collecting!
14K Solid Gold Hobo Nickel Carved by Keith Pedersen in Bezel by A.DelFavero & M.Milosevich.   HLM Don Haley and his “Golden Hobo” bolo tie.
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2 April 2011
Cinco the Jeweler* Has a Great Week!
First a “Raymond” on a high grade 1913 TypeI nickel and an
unknown Classic on an AU 1929 nickel... both won in an auction.
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Followed by a holed unknown Classic with wonderful
collector appeal... captured at an Antique Show!
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* A.K.A.:  Art “Cinco de Arturo” DelFavero
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Click to read all historical dossiers 812  28 March 2011
De Zwerver Dossier #53  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
Steve Adams... $1,262 eBay
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Classic... $17 Dealer
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Bev Decman... $28 eBay
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Art “Cinco de Arturo” DelFavero... Private Sale
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Classic... $108 Private
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Notorious Classic Counterfeit... $49 eBay
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John Schipp... $350 eBay
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Paolo Curcio... $135 eBay
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“Smoothie”... Private purchase
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Classic... $250 eBay
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Howard Thomas... $316 eBay
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John Schipp... $200 eBay
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Bob Shamey... $262 eBay
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Classic... $253 eBay
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Chris DeCamillis... Private Sale
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Chris Stinnett... $78 eBay
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Ray Cover... $360 eBay
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Dick Sheehan... $380 eBay
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Translation... “The Hobo File #53 [ bits and pieces ]”
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  Carving Chips.....   • Nickel Carver Marcus Hunt Catches 64# Wahoo! (October 2006) •  
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Wahoo
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Rocky's 52 BLOG • Panhandler Blues (17 of 52) • Saturday, March 5, 2011, 5:53PM
A tale of Popcorn, Hobo Nickels, and Shawneetown's own Ramblin Rudy Phillips.Click to visit Rocky′s BLOG
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   Archive
 1. Bloody Williamson
 2. If We Make Up Our Minds
 3. Symphony of Life
 4. Beulah Land Express
 5. Jennifer Lee
 6. Crank My Tractor
 7. Trudy
 8. My Last Goodbye
 9. Disappearing
10. Stand Before The Lord
11. Long Cruel Chains
12. Ming's China Wok Buffet
13. Ain't Never Seen A Thing
14. Head Over Heels
15. Gonna Make It Rain
16. Big Dog
17. Panhandler Blues
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809 
4 March 2011
MamaJo at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park
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   It is no secret I love my new volunteer job feeding God's creation of animals. This is a story about the flamingos I feed. A race track in Florida had a hundred flamingos live there where people enjoyed seeing them. The race track closed and the flamingos were divided into three locations. Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park received a total of thirty-five flamingos. They added such beauty to the park. However in a short time the flamingos were stressed and stopped eating getting sickly. Flamingos in the Caribbean, where these are from, like to be in huge flocks of five hundred or more. The flamingos at the race track had gotten used to being in a small flock of a hundred.
   At Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park the thirty-five flamingos were corralled to an area of the park and a fence of mirrors was set up around them. The flamingos, seeing the mirrors, felt like a huge flock again and started eating. One by one the mirrors were taken out. The flamingos have adjusted to Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park and their new smaller flock. Their wings are not clipped and they could fly away but why should they since this is like being at the assisted living home for wildlife. They are very well taken care of at the park. Yesterday I viewed a flamingo with a hurt foot. It was captured and transferred to Lowery Zoo for treatment. After it is healed it will be returned to Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park flock.
   The photos are of me feeding the flamingos and then relaxing watching them eat. God's creation is wonderful to watch. I always liked the saying; “Take the time to smell the flowers.” Now my saying is; “Take time and watch God's Creation... His wildlife.” It is so interesting! • Blessings and hugs, Jo • OHNS RM889
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2 March 2011
  Marc Banks Takes GRRREAT Natural Color Photographs!  
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 Marc captured these COOL carvings in Florida at the 2011 FUN Convention. 
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1 March 2011

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  Carving Chips.....   • How To Watch Keith Pedersen Carve Nickels... Assuming He Is OnLine At The Moment! Click to visit Steve Lindsay website www.engravingforum.com. •  
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1 March 2011
Spring 2011 “BoTales” Feature Articles
Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. New Records Established at FUN 2011 ..... Front Cover
BoTales Banner Banter & Editor's Message ..... 2
2011 Dues Reminder ..... 2
BoTales Publishing Schedule ..... 2
OHNS Board Members ..... 3
2011 Hobo Tokens Available ..... 3
President's Message ..... 4
Lindsay Engraving Thank You ..... 4
ANA Summer Seminar Scholarship ..... 4
Board & Annual Meeting Highlights ..... 5
2011 Auction Summary ..... 6
Prices Realized − OHNS Auction 19 ..... 7
Membership & Quality Designation Form ..... 8
FUN Show 2011 by Don Wolfe ..... 9
A Nickel and a Nail by Adam Leech ..... 9-11
My FUN Show Adventure by Ralph Winter ..... 11
2010 National Hobo Convention
     by Fred Avan ..... 12-13
A Tale of Three Golden Hobo Nickels . . .
     by R. Winter ..... 13
A Recipe For Happiness ..... 13
Seen at FUN 2011 ..... 14-15
Introducing “Scruffy” ..... 16
Introducing “Smokin′ Joe” ..... 16
Introducing “Slick” ..... 17
Three's A Match ..... 18-19
Anyone Know the Identity of “H.S.”? ..... 19
Reflections On Hobo Nickels by Bill Fivaz ..... 20-21
New OHNS Members ..... 21
Rusty & Dusty ..... 21
And the Winners Are ..... 22-23
Elmer Villarin, Revisit and Revise ..... 23
www.hobonickels.org ..... 23
2011 OHNS Souvenir by Spike Cowart ..... 23
Some Recent eBay Sales of Hobo Nickels ..... 24-25
The Great Depression Timeline
     by Verne Walrafen ..... 26-27
OHNS Members Having FUN All Year Round ..... Back Cover
Three Golden Hobos That Found
     Their Way to FUN ..... Back Cover
Introducing “Scruffy”, “Smokin′ Joe”, and “Slick”
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Mark Thomas  “Craftsman To The Past”
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“Traditional Hobo Guy” “Snidely Whiplash” “Mark Thomas” “Moon Face Fellow” “Eastern Woodlands Indian”
   I am a self-taught artisan specializing in hand engraving, wood carving, silversmithing, and stocking of muzzleloading rifles in the traditional 18th & 19th century manner. I work with wood, horn, ivory and a variety of metals. My goal is always to create a one-of-a-kind object for each of my clients.
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“Self Portrait” (but I call it a caricature!)
   My enthusiasm for making all manner of objects began with my research of the 18th century time period. Finding enjoyment in working in silver gave birth to my attempts to make different types of silver pieces. Most of the items I make are influenced by the style of 18th century Colonial America. Over the years I have become known for my careful attention to detail.
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“Grow into yer hat kid!”
   I believe that the work I do helps to preserve and promote some of the beautiful artistic treasures of our past, and that I am creating the heirlooms and collectibles of tomorrow for discerning collectors today.
   The Traditional Hobo Guy was my first carving and I am keeping him as a keepsake. The Snidely Whiplash character was my second carving and I sold him to a friend. He looked identical to a mutual friend and the feather and cockade button are 24k gold. The Eastern Woodlands Indian was my fourth carving and my first comission carving. All these carvings are now sold except for the Moon Face Fellow... my third carving. Mark ThomasClick to visit Mark Thomas′ website.
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