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TALES OF THE IRON ROAD. My Life As King Of The Hobos.

Graham, "Steam Train" Maury and Robert J. Hemming.

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ISBN 10: 155778129X / ISBN 13: 9781557781291
Published by Paragon House:, 1990
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover

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The second printing stated, 222 pages, illustrated. "He's been named permanent Hobo King of the East, so who better than Steam Train Maury Graham to chronicle the life and times of the American hobo." FINE HARDCOVER, FINE DUST JACKET. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 018246

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Title: TALES OF THE IRON ROAD. My Life As King Of ...

Publisher: Paragon House:

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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The author recounts the thirty years he spent as a hobo traveling around the U.S., and discusses hobo lore and customs

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More like the gypsy than the homeless drifter, the hobo is truly a character of unique attraction, though representing a socially unacceptable way of life. Closely aligned with America's system of railroads, hobos and hoboing have been around since the Civil War, although they were much popularized during the Great Depression. "Steam Train" Graham began hoboing in 1931 and by 1980 had traveled countless miles across the nation. In more recent years, he has become a celebrity of sorts. In this remarkable book he relates a saga of his life and travels, not a sociological treatise. Graham has a wife and two daughters, and they share a strong sense of family. His story does much to establish a definitive history of the American hobo. Highly recommended for most collections.
- Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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