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International Fiberglass 14 Foot Tall Statues

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International Fiberglass created and began producing these 14 foot tall statues around 1963 before the company acquired Bob Prewitt's mold for the more popular 20 foot tall Paul Bunyan statues. It is not known how many were produced but there are only about 17 of them known to exist. They may have only been produced from 1963-1964. The statues could be accessorized with axes, hats, or whatever the customer wanted. International Fiberglass had no special name for this model other than their generic "Giant Man." At least a couple of these statues and the larger ones were used for promotions and store openings by the Lombard Chainsaw Company. The company's mascot was a lumberjack known as "Luke Lombard." These 14 foot tall statues may even have been developed initially for Lombard.

Giant Man
Tampa, FL
This Giant Man was originally located in Ocala, FL where he stood in front of Clayton's Small Engine Repair. Auto Air Muffler & Brake City bought the statue in 2002. The shop kept his hard hat. The statue was completely restored in 2004. In 2007, the shop was forced by the city to remove the statue from the roof. He was then reinstalled in front of the store. Auto Air is now known as Big Mechanic, named after these statues. The company has two other International Fiberglass statues in Florida: a Paul Bunyan in Dade City and a Cowboy in Zephyrhills. For more, see this website. [map]

Giant Man [gone]
Lima, OH
Giant Man
Libertyville, IL
This Giant Man in Lima stood on the roof of Derringers Power Mowers when this photo was taken around 2001. Sometime after 2009, Derringers closed and this statue disappeared. In 2011, it was announced that the statue was being restored and would be reinstalled in Elida, OH in 2011. However, as of 2016, the statue has not reappeared.

This Giant Man in Libertyville is located at Lambs Farm. This statue is accompanied by a giant cow and milk bottle. The statue has been here since at least the late 1990s.

Giant Man
Livingston, IL
This Giant Man is located at the Pink Elephant Antiques Mall. The statue was previously installed inside the store. In 2010, he was repainted and moved outside. This statue was originally, or at least previously, located in Somerset, KY. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Giant Man
Groveland, MA
2001:
2010:
This Giant Man statue is installed at Valley Tree Service. He had the name of "Yvon" emblazoned on his shirt and wore a hard hat when the first two photos were taken around 2001. By 2006, his hat was gone. The statue was missing in 2007. However, in 2008, he reappeared here with his name scratched out and his axe somewhat damaged. By 2010, his axe was also gone. [map]

Giant Man
Sutter Creek, CA
This Giant Man has been here since at least the late 1990s. In the early 2000s, the statue's shirt was painted green. At that time the business behind him was Sierra Equipment. By 2010, the statue's shirt had been painted red. These photos are from 2014. The building now houses the Community Hope Thrift Store. These 14 foot tall statues have an embossed label on their left thigh identifying International Fiberglass as the manufacturer. For more, see this website. [map]

Giant Man
Wilson, NC
Paul Bunyan
Wilson, NC
These Giant Man and Paul Bunyan statues are located at White's Tires. The Giant Man is located at the company's Goldsboro St. location. [map]

White's Tires has another 14 foot tall Giant Man at their Goldsboro, NC location which is now closed. That statue was taken down in 2001 and is still in storage.

The raised hand of this Paul Bunyan statue is more typical of the Indian model. The statue has been located at the company's Hines St. location since the late 1960s. White's bought two of these saluting statues at a tire convention. White's promoted itself at that time as the "Giant of Retreads". I don't know what happened to the other Paul Bunyan statue. [map]

Giant Man
Muskogee, OK
This Giant Man is located at Cagle Salvage & Auto Crusher. It has been here, holding this pole, since at least 2000. [map]

Giant Man
Myrtle Point, OR
This Giant Man is outfitted as a lumberjack. It and installed at the Coos County Logging Museum. The statue was repainted in 2008. It was previously located in Fruitdale, OR at BJ's Tools. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Giant Man
Grants Pass, OR
This Giant Man is located at the Cedarwood Saloon. He is mounted behind their sign making taking pictures of him difficult. This statue was previously a blonde-headed miner and held a pick-axe. There was a metal cart with gold-painted rocks installed next to him. He got his current look in 1991. The statue has been hit by cars several times and lost his head once in a windstorm. For more, see this website. [map]

Giant Man
Texarkana, TX
2003:
2011:
This Giant Man has been at Ledwell & Son Enterprises since the 1970s. The statue was originally installed outside on a very tall pole at the back of the company's lot. By 2010, the statue had been restored and moved inside.

Giant Man
Oshkosh, WI
This Giant Man has been standing in front of Fasco Appliance Sales & Service since at least 1985. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Giant Man
Richwood, WV
This Giant Man stands on top of the scoreboard at Richwood High School's football field. The lumberjack is the school's mascot and their colors are black and orange. For more, see this website.

Giant Man [gone]
Elkins, WV
Giant Man
Mortons Gap, KY
In 2001, all that remained of the Lumberjack Restaurant and its Giant Man in Elkins was this pair of shoes. I believe they are gone now, too. The statue was apparently sawed off at the ankles. It is believed that this statue was originally located in Buchanan, VA. By the mid-1990s, it was moved to a lawn mower repair shop. It was then installed at a couple of different restaurants before it was moved to this one in Elkins. When the Lumberjack Resturant closed, the statue was brought to Mark Cline to repair the feet. He doesn't remember where the statue went. For more, see this website.

The Giant Man in Mortons Gap was previously located at Pistol Pete's Pawn Shop in Fort Campbell, KY. When the statue was acquired by its current owners in 1995, it was already missing its arms and head. It has been standing in a donkey pasture since then. In 2015, the statue was restored and reinstalled by Joel Baker. The head, arms, and axe were recreated by Mark Cline. In the process of restoration and repainting, the lettering for "Implement Specialty Company" were found under the paint. The text was replicated. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [photos thanks Joel Baker] [map]

More International Fiberglass 14 Foot Tall Statues:
Fernie Forge (Fernie, BC)

modified Giant Man
Monroe, OH
modified Giant Man
Hayward, CA
This modified Giant Man in Monroe is located at Traders World. These photos are from 2009 when the horse and statue stood in a field facing I-75. The horses is still there but, around 2015, the cowboy was moved to the entrance. This cowboy was produced by Mark Cline. [map]

This modified Giant Man in Hayward is located at Bell Plastics where Bruce Kennedy has a number of other fiberglass statues. This fireman was also produced by Mark Cline. [map]

Cline has produced a number of other beardless soda jerks holding ice cream cones from his mold of one of the original, International Fiberglass statues. Some other examples of Cline's statues of this type are in Macon, IL, Berlin, MD, Glencoe, NM, Hatch, NM, Derby, NY, and Urbanna, VA.

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