At road junctions in Zambia you can often see rubber gloves, mounted on steel rods and waving in the breeze. Curious to know what the gloves were for, I asked a friend. “Advertising” I was told. “Plumbers use them for self-promotion – they’re 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 marketing.
I came across this elegant flock of gloves promoting fridge repairs, on the outskirts of Lusaka.