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    GALLERY: Tramp Chair - Staff photo by David Leaming | of | Share this photo

    Gary Bennett speaks beside a century-old "tramp chair" that was invented by Sanford Baker, of Oakland, and used as both a punishment and a deterrent for hobos and vagrants. The undesirable people would be placed in the iron chair and wheeled around town to endure the taunts of residents until given their freedom to leave town.

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    GALLERY: Tramp Chair - Photo courtesy of the Penobscot Marine Museum | of | Share this photo

    Photo courtesy of the Penobscot Marine Museum An undated image shows a boy inside a "tramp chair," which was invented by Sanford Baker, of Oakland, as both a punishment and a deterrent for hobos and vagrants.

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    Gary Bennett peers through a century-old "tramp chair" that was invented by Sanford Baker, of Oakland, and used as both a punishment and a deterrent for people deemed undesirable.

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    An undated postcard shows the "tramp chair," which was invented by Sanford Baker, of Oakland, and was used as both a punishment and a deterrent for hobos and vagrants.

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    The marker and gravesite of Sanford Baker in Oakland on Wednesday. Baker invented the century-old "tramp chair" that was used as both a punishment and a deterrent for "hobos" and vagrants.

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