- World’s Largest Measuring Cup August 20, 2018
- Big Electric Plug August 20, 2018
- Rooftop Polar Bear August 20, 2018
- Blue Dolphin Diner August 20, 2018
- Big Cardinals Fan July 15, 2018
- Valvoline Big Dog May 31, 2018
- Valvoline Big Guy May 31, 2018
- Charlie Johnson’s Big Pencil March 7, 2018
- Julius Sturgis Pretzels February 19, 2018
- Fire and Ice Festival February 19, 2018
This guy who looks like a Big Jockey to me was standing inside the Pam Reason’s Auto Sales lot. The lot looked closed with few autos but if you want to see this guy it is at 305 W 26th Street at the corner of Elm. 1 block West of Madison.
This really BIG guy is a is not a Muffler Man, too big. He is pretty impressive standing outside the Timbers Lodge on the corner of Kilgore (SR32) and Tillotson across the street from the rail line. We didn’t stop at the Lodge since it was only 10am. Thanks Steph!
On the way from Maryland to Indianapolis we stopped to get an image of a Big Gorilla that Julia spotted. Right next to it was this big Uncle Sam outside Rainbow Industries in Harmony, Ohio. By the way, there is a good vegetable stand right across the street.
Julia spotted this big guy along side I-69 outside Muncie, Indiana. It was early in the morning and I was surprised that she was awake. We stopped on our way home from the Davidson cottage in Michigan to grab this image. MacAllister Rental at Exit 41 has this guy watching the traffic go by. Muncie, by the way, is the home of Ball State University. Update: I’ve driven by many times and he is well cared for, with new paint and moved closed to the storage building.
These inflatable Uncle Sam’s are a very rare “triple.” Driving into Michigan on July 3rd there are several fireworks stores at Sterns Road (Exit 1) and US-23. The left photo was taken at Star Fireworks. they must have great prices since they had a man directing traffic into the parking lot and a huge pile of empty fireworks boxes. Across US-23 on the west side of the road was the All American Fireworks store (center.) The crowd wasn’t quite as big but they were hustling some pretty good numbers here as well. The Uncle Sam stood watch over the entrance. Notice the “No Smoking” sign, Duh! The Uncle Sam inflatable on the right is the one that caught Deb’s eye as we were driving up 23. Actually she was looking for a White Castle so we could get a fix, but she spotted this guy up on his platform and decked out for the 4th of July. Quite the find.
The Amish couple stand in welcome outside a Holiday Inn in Lancaster, PA. If you didn’t know it already, this is in the heart of Amish country. Shoo Fly pie anyone? We took these images after dropping Julia off at Millerburg College. She was starting an orientation session prior to leaving for Europe on an American Music Abroad program.
A new “Bird Dog,” Dennis Wall, told me about this big guy. He stands at the entrance to a Jersey Shore restaurant named Two Mile Landing. It’s on Ocean Drive south of Wildwood Crest. After taking this photo we went inside to watch the Kentucky Derby. Monarchos won and paid $23.00.
Now I’ve been going to Minneapolis on a regular basis. At least once a month for the past 3 years. I’ve had my eye on this pair of Big Guys for a couple of years but never got the chance to grab the photos. Now I’ve got ’em. Outside the Thunderbird Motel off I-494. It was February, Minneapolis, and (need I say) COLD. Mark was quite the trooper however and trudged through the snow in his dress shoes to take this photo. Thanks a lot pal.
I was in search of some more Muffler Men in Seaside Heights, NJ and was parking the car when lo and behold here was Waterboy. Debbie talked us into the Water Works Waterpark on Ocean Side between Grant and Sherman (Longstreet was nowhere to be found) and we got this guy.
Here’s another “Alfred” located on the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ. The nice folks working there allowed us to take a couple of photos while escorting us out because we were on the pier before opening time.
This is the other Muffler Man located in the Casino Pier Amusement Park. I couldn’t get too close to him without dire consequences, but he’s there nonetheless. Of course, after this we were spotted and escorted off the pier. What an exciting hobby!
A very nice young man allowed us onto the course without paying the greens fees to get this image of another Muffler Man.
A lot of luck is involved in getting the opportunity to get a good photograph. Parents Weekend 1998 at JMU and we were staying 25 miles from school. Our motel restaurant was packed so we figured to go to the next exit and eat there. Wham! A Big Picture opportunity. Deb even had an apple in her handbag.
Unlike the Johnny Appleseed above, I knew this guy was in San Jose. So, when I had some business (ha, ha) there I went hunting for this muffler shop. This is a true Muffler Man. Check out the muffler.
Found this “Desert Storm” Big Man courtesy of Roadside America. Pass by Havre de Grace in Maryland quite often but never got off I-95 long enough to get this picture.