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Dave Blake Photographer

Muffler Men (and women)

The term "Muffler Man" belongs to a series of fiberglass giants that began life in southern California during the 1960's as an advertising scheme. The first giants were made for a series of muffler shops and held a muffler with pipes attached in its hands. This is the reason for so many of them have an up-turned right hand and a down-turned left.  Since then several variations have been produced which are shown in this gallery.  I understand that there are around 200 of the giants in America and a couple in Canada.  They still serve as advertising but are used as mascots, yard decorations, and icons.  I have photographed 70 of these people and will continue to search for them on all our road trips.  Again, Americana at its best!


A full gallery of these giants can be seen by clicking here.