Mr. SLOW Returns

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    Yes, he's been in my stream before (and is a favorite of other townies too)... But he gets an encore, because walking past him in July, I stopped cold and said, "I have got to shoot this guy on medium-format slide film." So I did.


    Amy Palomar, t-squared, Autumm, and 10 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Voxphoto 81 months ago | reply

      Anthony posted a cool eBay link on Jeff's photo, showing that the backside of these was originally a Coca-Cola promotion.

    2. sparkrobot 81 months ago | reply

      Great color. Very cool.

    3. Autumm 81 months ago | reply

      I love him!!! :-)

      Seen in Ann Arbor. (?)

    4. cinemafia [deleted] 81 months ago | reply

      That is so awesome...words can't describe.

    5. Joey Harrison 81 months ago | reply

      Somebody have it propped in their yard?

    6. Voxphoto 81 months ago | reply

      Yes, it's the highlight of a lot of interesting clutter behind Ann Arbor's most shockingly green house.

    7. jeff lamb 80 months ago | reply

      joey he stands in a bucket or a tire rim of concrete
      i like the slide film, nice shot
      now i have to go back again

    8. #anne# (busy!!) 74 months ago | reply

      Mr. Slow! I love him! I might shoot him with my Diana+ when it gets nicer.

      Funny story. There's an identical Mr. Slow in the tiny town in Mexico that my dad is from. I-DEN-TI-CAL!

    9. ~Pixelsmithy 53 months ago | reply

      Amazed that someone has not yet stolen this sign.

    10. Voxphoto 28 months ago | reply

      Was he ever recovered? Still gone from the back yard where I took this…

    11. Wystan 27 months ago | reply

      February 2012 update----------

      Rereading Mike Logghe's history of the Ann Arbor Police Department, which came out in book form years ago, and is now online, I found this interesting paragraph:

      "In May of 1947, the department issued a plea for the return of one of their quietest, but most important officers. This was a life sized metal sentinel that was placed in the street to guard school children that were crossing. Someone had stolen this sign from its post on Packard St.

      "This metal sign was of an officer holding up a 'SLOW SCHOOL ZONE' sign. Captain [Rolland] Gainsley stated he wanted the sign returned to active duty because of the great influence it had in cutting down accidents near the school. This sign was distributed by Coca-Cola and one like it in good condition today is worth over $1000.

      "Maybe you have seen a sign like this and don't even realize it. On the corner of Beakes and Fourth Ave. sits this very sign. It has been painted green but this paint has faded over the years and you can see the original paint. The owner of this particular sign was employed by the school system in the 1950's and was given it as it was not being used and was found in a storage room. He stated he has had many people try to buy it over the years but has refused their offers. His sign was also stolen once and found on Miller near Seventh St."

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