There may be one or more signs that give the same message or, at times, there may be slightly different meanings for a sign. This can be accounted for by the fact that they may have been used in far different sections of the country. Not all Hobos traveled the whole country as some Harvest Hobos, for example, would just work up and down the west or east coast. Just as a spoken language has its own dialects and words for different areas a sign language would be the same. Most of the signs shown here however are, or were, used throughout the whole country. I have seen examples where some of the signs shown here were used in foreign countries and had the same meanings so, although the signs are called "Hobo Signs", their origin could well have been from a past era.