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Silver Creek, NY
|Fran's Hamburgers [gone]
Dolly Dimples stands among the plaster statuary being sold in front of Valvo's Candies. She is about 12 feet tall. This giant waitress has been here since at least the mid-1970s. She is believed to have originally been just down the road at Pat's Drive-in, a restaurant which is now gone. Either this statue was installed at the Danbury Fair at some point or there were two of these statues produced. [map]
Fran's Hamburgers opened in 1973 as Dan & Fran's Hamburgers. This eight foot tall statue was installed on the roof of the drive-in canopy. It was created by Blue Genie Art in 1997. After the first photo above was taken in 2006, the statue was knocked over during a storm and damaged. At the end of 2008, it was repaired and reinstalled. The second photo is from 2011. Fran's closed in 2013. In 2014, the building was still vacant and the statue was gone. I read that the statue was moving to Fran's other location but now that has closed as well. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.
|This Giant Waitress, aka "The Big Girl", stands on top of the sign at the Colonial Coney Island and Family Restaurant. She has been there since 1978. The statue is 13 feet tall. It was repainted sometime between 2007 and 2009. The photos in the top row are from 2006. The bottom photos are from 2011. In 2014, the restaurant closed and the statue was removed. Does anyone know where the statue is now?|
|Stamie's Smart Beach Wear
Daytona Beach, FL
|This Jantzen diving girl statue has been at Stamie's Smart Beach Wear since 1965. These fiberglass statues are about 21 feet long. There were six of these statues produced in 1959 by a Los Angeles mannequin company, Wolf and Vine, for the Jantzen Swimwear Company. One found its way to Europe where it was later destroyed. In addition to this one at Stamie's, three others are known to have survived. All four are owned by Perry Ellis, the parent company of Jantzen. One has been displayed at Providence Park in Portland, OR since 1971 when the building was known as Civic Stadium. Another statue is kept in Perry Ellis' warehouse in Miami, FL. It is sometimes displayed during parades and other special events. The other statue is in Vancouver, WA in a private collection. The sixth statue might be in a private collection in Los Angeles. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]|
|The statue of the Pie Woman and her clutching daughter were built for the Pot-O-Gold Diner in Hamburg, PA. When the diner closed, the statue was installed at its current location at Granny's Restaurant and Motel. The woman is about 15 feet tall. The child holds a decapitated doll. Around 2007, the figures were repainted orange and gold. This statue was most likely created by Rod Shutt who is responsible for many other giant statues including some described at this page. [map]|
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