Friday, August 7, 2009

Muffler Men

"Muffler Men" are giant fiberglass statues - humanoid in appearance - that pepper the landscape of America's more obscure roadways.

These advertising relics - mostly from the 1960's - typically look like cowboys, lumberjacks and such. (I vaguely remember one dressed up like an astronaut outside Playtown Park on Baltimore Pike in Springfield, Pa). Sometimes they even look like Mad Magazine's Alfred E. Neuman. And sometimes - they look disturbingly like Jackie Kennedy.

My sister-in-law spotted one at the Cowtown Farmer's Market in Woodstown, NJ earlier today (above, left) - prompting this post. There is a great site devoted to all-things Muffler Men at this link.