Stanley Green

Stanley Owen Green, known as the Protein Man, was a human billboard in central London in the latter half of the 20th century. For 25 years, from 1968 until 1993, Green patrolled Oxford Street with a placard recommending a low-protein diet. He was arrested twice for public obstruction, in 1980 and 1985, but both times he was released without charge.

About Stanley Green in brief

Summary Stanley GreenStanley Owen Green, known as the Protein Man, was a human billboard in central London in the latter half of the 20th century. For 25 years, from 1968 until 1993, Green patrolled Oxford Street with a placard recommending a low-protein diet. His 14-page self-published pamphlet, Eight Passion Proteins with Care went through 84 editions and sold 87,000 copies over 20 years. He was arrested twice for public obstruction, in 1980 and 1985, but both times he was released without charge. The Museum of London acquired his pamphlets and placards and in 2006 his biography was included in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He died aged 78, the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Times all published obituaries, and the Serpentine Gallery exhibited his work after his death at the end of his life. He took wearing overalls to protect himself from spit, which he found several times on his hat.

The sounds of thumping and crashing caused him to go to bed at 12: 30am after saying a prayer, unselfish too, he told the Sunday Times in 1985. He said: ‘It is a sort of acknowledgment of God, just in case there happens to be one of the city’s most ignored, incuriosity and forgetfulness’ He was the youngest of four boys to May Green and her husband, Richard Green, a clerk for a bottle stopper manufacturer. Green joined the Royal Navy in 1938 and was shocked while in the Navy by the obsession with sex. He lived with his parents until they died, his father in 1966 and his mother the following year, after which he was given a council flat in Haydock Green, Northolt, West London. In 1962 he held a job with the post office, then worked as a self-employed gardener until 1968 when he began his anti-protein campaign.