Curious About Rubber Faces Placed On Telephone Poles

BOSTON (CBS) – Since we’ve been inviting you to tell us what you’re curious about, we’ve received a wide range of questions. Sometimes we know the answer immediately. Sometimes we just have to track down the right person. And then, there are the questions that leave us baffled.

For example, Nancy Declared her Curiosity, asking:

“Who attaches the rubber faces to telephone poles?”

The answer is as mysterious as the question.

Focused on our poles of utility, Nancy Cecchini finds futility. Who is responsible for these rubber faces?

WBZ-TV’s David Wade reports.

“I really don’t know. I imagine things like a utility worker, or some starving artist, who knows!” said Nancy.

Nancy isn’t the only one who has noticed these rubber faces popping up on utility poles in Woburn, Reading, Winchester and Medford.

She may be the only one mystified by them, the only one comparing them to faceless poles.

“(Faceless poles) have no personality whatsoever. They have a nail, some creosote dripping down. This has personality,” said Nancy.

Our investigation, which really consisted of David Wade knocking on one door and getting blown off by a Woburn town official, came up with no answers.

And so the artist responsible remains unknown. Unless you’re thinking Nancy is the prime suspect.

“I’m not though. I’m not talented like that. I’m not imaginative like that,” said Nancy. “I call them… the ‘Picasso of the Poles.'”

She insists it’s not her. Maybe it’s you?

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  • HooDatIS?

    i guess this is the best article u could find

  • Tabby

    These things have been freaking me out for years!!!!

  • Amanda MacArthur

    Watch “Exit Through the Giftshop” (free on Netflix OnDemand, by the way) and you’ll understand.

  • Cynic

    Who knows but the face looks suspiciously like TinCambridge.

  • Picasso of the Poles

    A couple of things:
    1. These things are NOT made of rubber. Maybe some of the add-on, but the faces themselves are rock hard type of plastic.
    2. There are none in Medford-unless they were stolen and put there.
    3. Some of them have, in fact, been stolen.
    4. There are quite a few in Stoneham actually-not mentioned in the piece.
    5. Word has it that one face has popped up in Paris, in St. Louis, Salem, Boston, making his way across the country as we speak/write. Wicked!

  • Curious

    Thank you for the face :)

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