Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The Green Man
London's famous for eccentrics. One of the most famous was Stanley Green, the 'Passion Proteins' man. When I first moved to London, stumbling my way around the city and feeling like I was the bloke in The Jam's Strange Town, I used to see him all the time. One evening I bought his booklet, more for the vernacular design and that it was all set in moveable type than for the sincere if impenetrable 'advice' inside ("LESS PASSION FROM LESS PROTEIN - FISH MEAT BIRD, EGG CHEESE PEAS incl. lentils BEANS NUTS AND SITTING"). Green's little books were typeset and noisily printed at his Northolt home, much to the consternation of his neighbours.
Mr Green died in 1993, and his placards and leaflets are now in the Museum Of London. This short film of him on Oxford Street recently popped up on YouTube.
UPDATE: And here is Mr Green's actual printing press, now in storage at Gunnersbury Museum. It's as idiosyncratic as the man himself. Many thanks to Alan.98.