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In vaudeville

The Great Depression spawned many colorful additions to the canon of American slang: “Okie” has a harmless, rustic quality, “hobo” a loose-at-the-heels shabbiness, and “bindlestiff,” a merging of the German words for ‘bundle’ and ‘stick,’ a wonderful air of rootlessness about it. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Autonomadic Bookmobile Roadshow (pictured left) have traveled like […]