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At the sign of the rubber gloves: Fridges mended here

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Macfilos Weekender with Richard Alton

At road junctions in Zambia you’ll often find rubber gloves, mounted on steel rods and waving in the breeze. They’re used by plumbers for self-promotion — like a barber’s pole outside the shop.

Sometimes the rubber gloves have company — used ballcocks and floats, worn out spanners — in fact any plumber’s tools or accessories that are going spare. With a phone number attached, the displays provide graphic and cost-effective advertising.

I came across this elegant flock of gloves on the outskirts of Lusaka. 

Note: Camera used – Leica M6 (0.85) with 50mm Summicron (circa 1960)

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Nice piece of cultural documentary photography. That’s something I never would have known without this photo and story. Those of us who live in our western communities understanding so little of life in Zambia, A project on that alone would be really interesting, at least to me.

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