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Other International Fiberglass Statues (page 2)

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Astronaut
Wilmington, IL
International Fiberglass used the names Astronaut and Spaceman interchangeably in its catalogs. There are conflicting stories about the origins of this Astronaut statue, aka the Gemini Giant. One version is that the statue was originally a standard Paul Bunyan statue. It was bought at an auction in 1965 and installed at a gas station in town. It was there that he was converted into an astronaut. At some point, the statue was moved to the Launching Pad drive-in restaurant. His helmet was either replaced or a larger hole was cut to reveal more of his face.

The other story is that the owners saw a Paul Bunyan statue at a National Restaurant Association convention in 1965. They ordered the Spaceman statue directly from International Fiberglass. This story seems the more plausible of the two. However, I have seen a vintage photo of an Astronaut statue at a gas station and it was identified as being located in Wilmington, IL.

This statue's face is lit from the inside the helmet at night. The statue has had two rockets stolen over the years. The Launching Pad restaurant originally opened in 1960 as a Dari Delite. It was renamed in 1965. The restaurant had been closed since 2010 but new owners were found in 2017. The statue remains. For more, see this website. [map]

There are only two other Astronaut statues known to have been produced. It was installed in 1966 in Brooklyn, NY at Astroland in Coney Island. That statue is long gone. It had a different style helmet and the statue's pants stopped just above his boots. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. At some point later on, the statue was painted gold and the helmet was removed.

The other Astronaut statue was produced for the Astro Oil Co. (location unknown). The visor on the helmet was different from the one in Coney Island. However, the rocket-shaped sign that both statues held appears to be the same.

Chicken Boy
Los Angeles, CA
The Chicken Boy head was produced by an artist in Palm Springs, CA. The rest of the body is from International Fiberglass. The statue stood on top of a building in downtown Los Angeles and held a bucket to advertise for a fried chicken restaurant below. When the restaurant closed in 1984, the statue was saved and put in storage. In 2007, the statue was restored and put back on display. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Giant Man
Ste-Anne-de-Sabrevois, QC (Canada)
2007:
2009:
The Giant Man in Ste-Anne-de-Sabrevois and the statue shown below in Fonthill have Paul Bunyan bodies but different heads. Apparently, there were only a few of these heads made and they were only used in Canada.

The statue in Ste-Anne-de-Sabrevois is known as Le Géant. It originally stood in front of a pastry shop in Montreal. After that, the statue was moved here where he wore a paper hat and held a Coca-Cola cup and hot dog. This "Coke Man" got a makeover in 2009 when the fast food stand behind him closed. The statue now advertises for the antiques dealer at the same location. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [first photo Mark Comstock] [map]

This photo from the 1960s may show the same statue in Napierville, QC. The caption might have misidentified the location or the statue may have been moved to Ste-Anne-de-Sabrevois.

Giant Man
Fonthill, ON (Canada)
This Giant Man stood in front of Mr. Furnace's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning when these photos were taken in 2007. In 2015, Rosehill Auctions moved into the building. The sign was changed and the statue was repainted. His shirt and arms have been painted bright pink. For more, see this website. [map]

The Texaco Big Friend statues were produced for Texaco gas stations. The statue for the mold was created by Sascha Schnittmann. There were about 300 of these giant gas station attendants produced around 1966. However, the company discontinued the Big Friend advertising campaign early on after concerns about liability. The company ordered the statues to be destroyed. By 1967, most of these statues were gone. Only four of the statues are known to survive. There is a well-preserved example in Morrilton, AR in a private collection. It most likely came from Clarksville, AR (1, 2). There is also a head in a private collection in Chicago, IL and another head on display at Atomic Candy in Denton, TX.

The statues' uniforms were originally painted green. In addition to their unique heads, they also had giant hands. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

This Bunyan-like Texaco statue must have preceded the Big Friends. International Fiberglass also made statues for other gas stations including Mobil.

former Texaco Big Friend
St. Maries, ID
This Texaco Big Friend statue has been transformed into a Lumberjack. The statue stands on the lawn of the Heyburn Elementary School where he serves as their mascot. Heyburn is known as the "Home of the Lumberjacks".

There are conflicting stories about how this statue lost his feet. One is that he was found in a field in town in 1967 and vandals damaged his legs with homemade bombs. Another explanation is that he was installed at the Texaco station across the street from the school. When the statue arrived, his feet had been put on backwards. They erected him anyway, encasing his feet in concrete. When they decided to return him, they decided to let the school have him instead. His feet had to be chopped off at that point. Once at the school, his shirt was painted a checkered red and black. His pants were painted black and he didn't have a beard or axe. Later, his shirt was painted green and the axe and beard were added. For more, see this website. [map]

former Texaco Big Friend
Aloha, OR
This Texaco Big Friend statue has been transformed into Harvey the Giant Rabbit. The statue is 27 feet tall and stands in front of Harvey Marine, a marine supply business. In 2016, Harvey Marine announced that they were closing the store and focusing on e-commerce. Black Rock Coffee Company will be moving in. The statue will be staying.

In 1962, the Texaco statue was taken to Harvey Marine for repairs but it was never picked up. The store's owner decided to turn the statue into the store's mascot. He had the human head replaced with a rabbit's head to transform him into Harvey, named after the rabbit in "Harvey", the Jimmy Stewart movie from 1950. The is actually the second rabbit head. The first one was much cruder. The statue's original human head was believed to have been destroyed but it is actually safe in a private collection. It may be the only example of these heads to survive. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

former Texaco Big Friend
Pahrump, NV (now Illinois)
This Texaco Big Friend was originally located in Las Vegas. In 1981, Sun Valley Homes in Pahrump bought the statue from the YESCO sign company in Las Vegas. It was transformed into a Robin Hood type character and installed on top of the mobile home dealership's sign. In 2009, the business closed. Two years later, the sign and statue were removed and taken to the Pahrump Landfill. After several articles in local papers, the town realized that this statue was more than just a local icon. The statue was moved to the Pahrump Valley Museum where it was stored behind the building. The statue has significant damage and is missing a foot. In 2016, the statue was moved to Illinois where it will be restored as a Texaco Big Friend. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Waving Giant Man
Chicopee, MA (later Agawam, MA) [gone]
This Waving Giant Man would have looked like this one originally. As far as I can tell, International Fiberglass didn't have a special name for these 22 foot tall statues. For the sake of distinguishing them from other statues at this website, I'll call them Waving Giant Men. I don't believe many of these were sold.

This statue was first located at a pizza shop in Framingham, MA. It had been customized with a chef's hat that was flat on top. This vintage photo of a head at International Fiberglass' factory had a similar look. [photo thanks Terry Nelson] The statue held a pizza or a slice of pizza in his upraised hand. I have not unearthed a photo of this statue from this time.

In 1970, the statue was sold to the Mutual Ford dealership in Springfield, MA for $2,000. The statue was repainted to look like an Uncle Sam. At that time, the hat was changed into a top hat and the pizza was removed. He was repainted with red and white striped pants and a blue jacket. The top hat was painted red, white, and blue. The statue was there for more than 30 years and held a sign reading "Buy American". In 1999, the dealership's owners sold him to the Plantation Inn. He was then painted white to look like a Southern gentleman. In 2013, the statue was sold at auction. The statue was then installed in Agawam, MA next to Partners Restaurant. In 2017, the statue disappeared and no one knows where it is. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

International Fiberglass created other statues using these heads. The location and business for this head is unknown. [photo thanks Terry Nelson]

Waving Giant Man
Oakwood Village, OH
This Giant Man has been installed next to Endless Endeavors since 2003. In the early 1990s, it was located at the Raff Road Raceway in Canton, OH. It is not known where this statue was located originally. This statue appears to have the same head as the one above in Chicopee but with an entirely different body and outfit. For more, see this website.

There was another statue like this in Bartlett, IL. It is not known what became of this statue.

Waving Giant Man
Amarillo, TX

2006:

2017:
This Waving Giant Man is the same model as the one shown above in Bedford. However, the head is from the more Paul Bunyan-like Giant Man. This modification was done by Glenn Goode (see below). This statue stood in front of the Country Barn Steak House in 2006. The statue was previously located in Sanger, TX where it was restored by Glenn Goode. In 2013, the Country Barn closed and auctioned off everything, including this statue. The statue sold for $8,000 and was moved to the Cadillac Ranch RV Park in Amarillo. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Waving Giant Man
Sherman, TX
This Waving Giant Man has the same style Paul Bunyan-like head. This statue stands in front of Custom Sandblasting. The business is owned by Jay Dee Goode, the son of Glenn Goode who owns the giant statues in Gainesville, TX described below. [map]

Glenn Goode's Sandblasting & Rental
Gainesville, TX
There are four fiberglass statues at Glenn Goode's Sandblasting & Rental: a Waving Giant Man like the two shown above, two Big Johns, and a Miss Uniroyal. The Waving Giant Man came from a go-kart track in Garland, TX. His head was made from a mold made from a now-gone statue in Canton, TX. The statue's hands were molded from the Ken's Muffler statue in Dallas, TX.

Goode bought the Miss Uniroyal in 1984 from a car dealership in Wichita Falls, TX. She wore a red bikini at that time but Goode altered it into a skirt and blouse. The skirt is longer than the other Miss Uniroyal statues since he made it himself. Both of the Big John statues came from a bowling alley in Hickman, KY. They were mass-produced the Big John grocery store chain. It is not known what company made those statues. The photos above are from 2003 and 2008. In 2014, Goode built another statue with his molds. It looks like the cowboy but without the hat. Goode passed away in 2015. It is stated in his will that he wants these statues to stand for five years after his death before they are sold. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Tire Salesman
Lake George, NY
Tire Salesman
Los Angeles, CA
These Tire Salesman statues are very rare examples of International Fiberglass' 11 foot tall giants. There were nine well-dressed men in the series, some with waving arms and moving heads. It is believed that the set was designed for one company. That company is unknown. After that, a few of the individual statues were sold to other businesses. The Tire Salesman models had a waving arm and a moving head. These statues were also equipped with some sort of audio box. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. It appears that the same design was used for a Chef statue. [vintage photos thanks Terry Nelson]

The Tire Salesman in Lake George is located at Magic Forest which has an assortment of other statues, including several produced by International Fiberglass.

The Tire Salesman in Los Angeles has been installed on the roof of VIP Tire & Automotive since around 1971. This could be the statue's original location. [map]

There is another statue from this series, wearing a tie instead of a bow tie, at Fun Spot USA in Kissimmee, FL. Another one of these statues was apparently sold at auction to a private collector.

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