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Iowa Blackie

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by KaBar, Aug 14, 2002.

  1. KaBar

    KaBar Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2001 Messages: 1,397 Likes Received: 28
    Iowa Blackie is a long-time tramp/hobo/poet that lives in New Hampton, Iowa. He publishes a calender every year, and he sells the one for next year at this year's National Hobo Convention. Blackie does research through old court records and newspapers, looking for cool events that occurred locally in Iowa "on this date." For instance, as I write this it is August 14th. His 2003 Calender reads:

    70 new Great Northern RR freight cars were in the CGWRR yards today (that's Chicago Great Western Rail Road) on their way north--The Oelwein Reg(ister) (newspaper)--1899.

    Yesterday's entry was:

    John Hogue; residence--Detroit, Michigan, age-59; cause commitment--vagrancy; by whom commited--Justice of the Peace Tietjen; time received (in jail) 1938--10:30 a.m.--commited; discharged (20) 3:30 p.m.; 10 days County jail: 22 meals at 20 cents--$4.40, seven lodgings at 15 cents--$1.05, seven cares at 5 cents--35 cents ($5.80). Prison Calender and Ledger #4, Chickasaw County pg. 335.

    This is how Iowa Blackie makes a living: selling these calenders, and also several books of poetry.

    You can get one from him at his P.O. Box--send him $5 or so. It's for a good cause. He's very eccentric, in a good, bizarre, tramp kind of way.

    Iowa Blackie
    Post Office Box 487
    New Hampton, Chickasaw County, Iowa 50659
  2. curious

    curious Member

    Joined: Jul 23, 2002 Messages: 319 Likes Received: 0
  3. WITS

    WITS Member

    Joined: Apr 17, 2002 Messages: 366 Likes Received: 0
    That's pretty cool. I think I will have to get one of those.
  4. russianwrote

    russianwrote New Jack

    Joined: Apr 22, 2002 Messages: 16 Likes Received: 0
    while i get ready to order one of those calenders,
    please keep posting that great stuff KaBar.
  5. KaBar

    KaBar Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2001 Messages: 1,397 Likes Received: 28
    Calender Size

    BTW, I'd better tell you guys that Iowa Blackie's calenders are not "full size." They are designed to fit in the hip pocket of a pair of over-alls, so they are about 5-1/2 x 8-1/2", printed on white paper with a manila colored cardboard cover. They actually look more like a booklet than your traditional calender that you pin up on the wall next to your desk or somewhere. There is only one photograph--a picture of Iowa Blackie and his brother Larry on Easter Sunday, April 18, 1954. They are all dressed for church and are wearing new Easter clothes.

    I told you Blackie is kind of eccentric.....
  6. KillYurSteel

    KillYurSteel Member

    Joined: Apr 13, 2002 Messages: 448 Likes Received: 0
    sounds rather interesting i might have to get me a copy
  7. schick1

    schick1 Guest

    in another thread some one mentioned rand mcnallys handy railroad atlas of th united states, but i have checked around and it is out of print, also my local library does not have and cant get it either, so does anyone no of any similar railroad maps still in print? I know this has nothing to do with the thread but i fiquar anyone who knows will be reading this thread thank you.
  8. Intangible

    Intangible 12oz Legend

    Joined: Jul 9, 2001 Messages: 17,479 Likes Received: 7
    :rolleyes: Thats because I stole it from every library and em currently selling them out of my home.
  9. schick1

    schick1 Guest

    shit man, whyd you have to do me like that,
  10. KaBar

    KaBar Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2001 Messages: 1,397 Likes Received: 28
  11. schick1

    schick1 Guest

    thank you, thats exacty what i was looking for.:)