What is the stick called that a vagrant ties the red & white polka dot handkerchief to?
I can google 'till the cows come home but I haven't found what that stick, held over one shoulder, is actually called?
What about the little handkerchief that the same vagabond ties to the stick?
What is that handkerchief called?
Do these two things they tote about have names?
Thanks,
Nancy
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What is the stick called that a vagrant ties the red & white polka dot handkerchief to? I can google ... same vagabond ties to the stick? What is that handkerchief called? Do these two things they tote about have names?

Good question. But I'm afraid the stick is just a stick, and the handkerchief/kerchief/bandana/piece of cloth has no special name, either.

Mike.
What is the stick called that a vagrant ties the red & white polka dot handkerchief to? I can google ... ties to the stick? What is that handkerchief called? Do these two things they tote about have names? Thanks, Nancy

I think it's called a 'pike'.
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What is the stick called that a vagrant ties the red & white polka dot handkerchief to? I can google 'till the cows come home but I haven't found what that stick, held over one shoulder, is actually called?

I think it's called a 'pike'.
Yup. See #3 below.
What about the little handkerchief that the same vagabond ties to the stick? What is that handkerchief called?

Poke?
Do these two things they tote about have names? Thanks, Nancy

Main Entry:6pike
Pronunciation:*
Function:noun
Inflected Form:-s
Etymology:Middle French pique, from piquer to ***, pierce, nettle, pique, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin piccare, from (assumed) piccus woodpecker, from Latin picus * more at PIE
1 : a weapon consisting of a long wooden shaft with a pointed steelhead sometimes having a hook or pick on the side and used by the foot soldier until superseded by the bayonet

2 obsolete : PIKEMAN
3 : the sharp-tipped staff on which a flag is carried carried on apike 9 feet, 10 inches long including the spear tip W.F.Harris

Also:
5 dialect England : one of various sharp-pointed tools or implements(as a pitchfork) the windrows are loaded on a wagon by hand with a pike F.D.Smith & Barbara Wilcox
What is the stick called that a vagrant ties the red & white polka dot handkerchief to? I can google ... ties to the stick? What is that handkerchief called? Do these two things they tote about have names? Thanks, Nancy

Together, the stick and bundle make a "bindlestiff". I'm not sure whether the component parts have names beyond "stick" and "bundle"

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What is the stick called that a vagrant ties the red & white polka dot handkerchief to? I can google ... same vagabond ties to the stick? What is that handkerchief called? Do these two things they tote about have names?

A bundle containing his clothes and possessions is called a 'bindle', whence the term 'bindlestiff' for a tramp who carries such a bundle.
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What is the stick called that a vagrant ties the red & white polka dot handkerchief to?

bindle, hence, bindle-stiff for hobo.
I can google 'till the cows come home but I haven't found what that stick, held over one shoulder, is ... ties to the stick? What is that handkerchief called? Do these two things they tote about have names? Thanks, Nancy

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What is the stick called that a vagrant ties the red & white polka dot handkerchief to? I can google ... actually called? What about the little handkerchief that the same vagabond ties to the stick? What is that handkerchief called?

For US hobo terminology, see "bindle", "bindle stick", "bindle stiff" at

http://www.hobonickels.org/alpert04.htm
In Australia, a swagman carries his swag (bedroll) and tuckerbag (sack of food), but I don't know if either is on a stick.
What is the stick called that a vagrant ties the ... vagabond ties to the stick? What is that handkerchief called?

For US hobo terminology, see "bindle", "bindle stick", "bindle stiff" at http://www.hobonickels.org/alpert04.htm

I wish I'd held my peace now! "Bindle" and relatives are wonderful. But OED says merely "US and Canadian slang...A bundle containing clothes and possessions, esp. a bedding-roll carried by a tramp. Hence bindle-man, -stiff, a tramp who carries such a bundle."
In Australia, a swagman carries his swag (bedroll) and tuckerbag (sack of food), but I don't know if either is on a stick.

No stick that I've ever heard of; and there'd be no advantage in carrying a blanket-roll on the end of a stick. The bundle on a stick was strictly fairy-story stuff for me, and I never saw the logic of it.

Mike.
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