Man Says That Mudflap Girl Is His Mom



The iconic "Mudflap Girl", long seen on America's highways, finally has an identity. Ed Allen of Washington, D.C. says that it's his mother. Allen's father, a trucker, kept a photo of his wife wearing a swimsuit in his rig:

Dad kept the photo in the cab of his truck, which always bore his wife’s name on the hood. When a new corporate owner forbade Stewart from decorating a company-owned vehicle, Stewart put his wife’s silhouette on his trailer’s mudflaps so his boss couldn’t see her when the truck was backed up to a loading dock.

In 1967, Ed Allen said that a local truck-accessories manufacturer named Bill Zinda saw the design. He liked it and, with dad’s permission, started selling it. No one ever trademarked the image, and Mudflap Girl got around a lot during the freewheeling ’70s.


Link via Jalopnik | Photo by Flickr user Brandon Doran used under Creative Commons license

Previously:
Dating Mudflap Girl
Wyoming Library's Mudflap Girl

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Rumor has it that Mud Flap Girl means a trucker who is sleeping in his rig at a truck stop is willing to be approached by woman looking to to trade companionship for remuneration.
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