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Hobo is a sans serif typeface its unique in having virtually no straight lines and no descenders. It was issued by American Type Founders in 1910. Hobo possesses uniquely organic and art nouveau-style features. Its name came from a story stating that it was sketched in the early 1900s, sent to the foundry nameless, and progressed so little for so long, that it was called "that old hobo".
Hobo, originally called Adface, was patented in 1915.

Today there are different digital version available. Done by Adobe, URW++, Linotype, Elsner+Flake, Bitstream and Tilde.
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/atf/hobo/alternate_cuts.html
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Ahh, yes, Hobo.. for me this face has a well-deserved place alongside Comic Sans, Papyrus, Brush Script and Lithos in the pantheon of the ugly but inexplicably popular.
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I suppose my dislike of Hobo stems primarily from the way it's used.
I don't think I've ever seen it in a setting that called for an Art Nouveau look. Instead, I see it on sporting goods storefronts, used car lots, swap meet signs, vacation getaway billboards, etc. Its Art Nouveau history seems lost in favor of its use as an all-around, go-to casual typeface. Luckily (or not), Comic Sans and Papyrus seem to have stolen a little of that roll away from Hobo over the last 10 or 15 years.
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Stylistically, Hobo looks like something crafted from 1970′s, but was actually designed in 1910 towards the end of the Art Noveau Movement. It was designed by Morris Fuller Benton, one of America’s most prolific typeface designers. After closer examination, the letters are actually well-proportioned (when typeset properly) — every part of each letter is curved, which gives it a decorative effect, but with a modern twist. It’s lowercase letters are unique — descenders that do not drop below the baseline. Yeah, it’s weird — but it’s designed to be a display type. Fairly progressive for 1910, considering that most typography from that period was very decorative and ornate.
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Well, I can't dismiss Hobo altogether since it and one of my all-time favorite family, Franklin Gothic, were both designed by the same person.
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I once thought that this was one of the ugliest type designs out there, but I now realize that it’s not the design itself, or even the terrible name — it’s mostly because of how it’s used and misused, you’ll often find Hobo as a nearby accomplice. And I’ve certainly made my jokes about this “awful” typeface over the years, but once I studied the origin and the history of this design, I’ve become much less critical.
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Ugh. hobo. i wish i could remember the TV ad that had it just recently. I used it in my high school newspaper. We also had Tiffany, which is a decent face unless you set 16 miles of bodytype with it, at say 10 point.
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Feel free to use a "banned" font when producing something work-related that is not part of the business. Hobo might work on a flier for an annual picnic or Halloween party. But, remember that an overused font is still overused whether you're writing a flier or a budget memo.
Advice
Think twice before using a font designed to look radically different from Arial or Times New Roman. Designers of these fonts intended them for lighthearted use, not professional memos or business plans. One example is Earwig Factory, which comes with many versions of Microsoft Word and is designed to look like letters clipped from magazine ads. Other examples include Baveuse, Chalkboard, Chiller, Curlz MT, Harlow, Hobo, Jokerman, Kristen, Magneto or any font with the word "Stencil" in its name.
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I just recently saw a business - new building with a Hobo font for their logo on the new sign. I bet that signmaker cringed the whole time.
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I throw Hobo into ads
as revenge when I'm not happy with the client. Ironically they usually
love it.
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Hobo might work on a flier for an annual picnic or Halloween party. But, remember that an over- used font is still overused whether you're writing a flier or a budget memo.
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I have intentionally avoided owning a copy of Hobo as a precaution against someone actually requesting its use.
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