Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bill Daniel's Mostly True

This book is a kind of companion piece to Bill Daniel's documentary Who Is Bozo Texino?, in the form of a rail zine (purporting to be published in April 1908). Shot on Super-8 and 16mm film over a 16-year period in which Daniel rode the freights, the film chronicles the search for the source of a drawing seen on railcars for more than 80 years.

While some of the book is a direct transcript from the movie, there are also many great extras, including interviews, newspaper articles, photos, maps, and illustrations from such artists as Barry McGee and Margaret Kilgallen.

I love these rail map end papers.

An article about one of the men behind the mystery, the original Bozo Texino.

A little bit about Herby, perhaps one of my favorite hobo tags.

The book includes a variety of ads, some of them real, but there are also some great fake ones promoting products like "The Hobo's Wife."

All in all, it's a beautiful looking package with some fascinating hobo lore and ephemera.


  1. Absolutely! There are a few links to purchase on his site here:

    Plus it looks like Amazon has copies in stock.