Every month I choose a photograph from Flickr to appear here.  Hopefully something interesting and informative.

Who is white van man?

This month’s photo is from me.  It’s called “Who is white van man?”.    It’s a photo of a white van that I saw in Italy.  If you look closely someone has written in the dust on the back window of the van.

The caption on the photo reads, “White van man, is a usually pejorative stereotype used in the United Kingdom to describe drivers of light commercial vehicles, such as the Ford Transit. Such vehicles are commonly painted white at the factory in order to facilitate easy sign-writing on the panelled sides and therefore white is a common colour for these vehicle on the roads. The stereotype represents the drivers of such vehicles as having poor driving skills or an aggressive and inconsiderate manner.

The stereotypical ‘white van man’ is often self-employed or the owner of a small business; often a builder, carpenter, or plumber, but by the looks of the writing in the dust on this van, White Van Man is a mason.”