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Outdoor full-color statue of a man behind a fence wearing a white shirt and black pants. His upturned hands are wearing white gloves.

Stan the Muffler Man (Gone)

Field review by the editors.

Birmingham, Alabama

Type: Classic

Arm position: Both palms turned up

Accessories: None

Birmingham Landmark

Though Birmingham's mighty furnaces are long cooled, the city still pays tribute to the old gods of productivity, with its towering statues of Vulcan the Iron Man, lightning-haired Miss Electra, and Lady Liberty.

Stan the Tire Man (or Muffler Man), not quite as tall or mythical, has been a local promotional presence dating back at least to the early 1960s (reports of his existence in the 1950s appear out of kilter with the timeline of Muffler Men manufacture). For decades the lantern-jawed giant stood on a business rooftop east of busy I-65 (damaged in a 1998 wind storm, then repaired). He loomed in a fenced commercial yard on the property of GCR, a truck tire company. By early 2021, the new owners of the property, Southern Tire, decided to retire Stan to private property south of Selma.

The White Glove Treatment

Stan was well maintained for many decades. An unexplained detail we'd noticed: aside from his non-standard "two palms up" configuration, Stan's hands and wrists were painted white, like a pair of gloves.

Also see: Muffler Men Home Page

Stan the Muffler Man

Feb. 2021: Confirmed removed from public view.

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