2011 is here and so are two hobos new to this collection.
We intended this post to be the last in 2010, but instead it is the 1st on 1-1-11. Has a better ring to it!
For starters, we always give credit where it's due. The expression, "Two, I say two!" is my mother-in-laws saying. When I first met her she used the expression all the time. Years ago we took my wife's mother shopping for a gift. She chose a nice looking purse/handbag. While getting ready to pay I notice there were two purses at the register. So I asked my wife about them and my mother-in-law sings out "Two, I say twoooooo.". We all laughed out loud! I've learned many things in life and one of them is, "never argue with your wife's side of the family" (that's her privilege). Needless to say, the saying became a family favorite.
So now we have two, I say two hobos carved by Duff Tweed. Each has sustained damage, but since both were new additions to the Duff Tweed Carvings collection, we happily purchased them. These came to us from Ken B. in Oklahoma. He actually purchased three Duff Tweed carved hobos that came stacked in a dirty wood box at an estate sale for $5.00 total. Those amazing deals are out there and they appear to be all over the United States and Canada. We purchased two of the three hobos as we already owned the third one. That third hobo was also damaged and sold on Ebay for approximately $15.50 plus shipping and handling. We paid ALOT more for the two we purchased, but there's a price to pay when building a collection. This makes over thirty unique carvings that now exist in the collection.
Below is what we're calling the Hungry Hobo. His right hand shows damage to his fingers. The rest of the carving is in perfect shape. His left hand is on his stomach and he is crying out. He could also be swearing his promise to someone as he has his hand in the air. At least that's what we see! These appear to be earlier Duff Tweed carvings.