Back in the day, hobos came up with a series of symbols to pass on tips and help other hobos out. This clown is carving some of those symbols on a fence-post to mark the house in the distance. The upper symbol means “a good road to follow,” and the lower two-columned symbol that our tramp clown is carving means “the sky’s the limit!”
A tramp clown kneels down on one knee, carving symbols into a fence-post with a knife.
The symbol at the top of the fence post is a circle with a diagonal line through it. Below it, the clown is carving two parallel vertical lines.
The clown has two yellow rubber chickens hanging from her belt. A purple tote bag decorated with gold flowers is at her side. A blue stick with a red and yellow striped bindle leans against the fence post.
The clown’s back is to the viewer. She wears a round green hat, a white vest with red polka dots, green houndstooth pants, a light blue shirt, white gloves, and scuffed red and yellow oversized shoes. She has a yellow wig and a red nose. The ground is sandy with small tufts of grass. A house and barn are visible in the distance, past the wire fence.