This is a super-rare catch. Grandpa, the 3rd generation Bozo Texino, started doing this drawing when he was a kid in the 1920s. He would occasionally date the drawings, but by the 1980s he quit adding dates. I think he was tired and thought the date was a waste of time. What’s going on in this picture is that on 8/16/81 he encountered an old faded drawing of his from 9 years earlier, when he used to write the date. So he decided to re-trace the old drawing and throw up a fresh one, and went ahead and dated that one. I think this is the only shot I have of a dated Bozo Texino.(X)
“Some people call him the US Scout, some people call him a pot head…” ̵from John Easley’s interview in “Who is Bozo Texino?”(X)
Here’s a portrait of buZ blurr, AKA Colossus of Roads, in the yards down by Mission Rock in SF. The yards are long gone--- there’s a biotech complex covering the entire area now. BuZ is still avidly drawing on trains, and he usually commemorates his travels and tours with captions, so keep and eye out for these.(X)
A classic Herby from 1977. I always wanted to put out a call for moniker fans to see who has the oldest catch of a Herby. He started drawing in 1957.(X)
This is the oldest shot I have so far of a Rambler. From back in the days when he worked out of Smithville. I’m not sure when he started marking up from Smithville, but in Michael Mathers’ 1973 book, Riding the Rails, there’s a shot of a “Rambler of Houston” dated 11/12/69.(X)
This is a set of five prints representing the five main rail artists interviewed in my film, “Who is Bozo Texino?” The images include drawings by Herby, The Rambler, Bozo Texino, Coaltrain, and a portrait of Colossus of Roads.
I’m printing these full-bleed on fiber-based b/w photo paper, they are archivally processed (boxcars fade but the photos don’t), signed and numbered, and come in a silk screened envelope.
To order a portfolio, please contact Bill Daniel — bill (a) billdaniel.net