Back when I visited Muncie in early 2012, there were three things I knew I had to photograph: the 1950s “Mr Speedee” McDonald’s sign; the abandoned 1940s auto shop downtown and this. A mannequin in a truck, raised almost to the height of the traffic lights.
I couldn’t find out much about it, except that it’s been there since the 1970s. It originally advertised the Midwest Towel company, but is now decked out with the Cintas logo (what was Midwest Towel is now owned by Cintas).
It’s an odd sign, don’t you think? Some people say the wheels on the truck spin, but I’ve never seen that. The mannequin stands awkwardly, head twisted to one side, modelling (I assume) Cintas uniforms. He looms over the street like a benificent, well-dressed angel. A uniformed guardian of the crossroads.
Cintas Mannequin Truck Sign
Address: Jackson & Madison, Muncie IN
Hours: Visible 24/7