Esso Tiger Statues

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Esso Tigers [gone]
Mount Ephraim, NJ

Esso Tiger [gone]
Verona, PA
These fiberglass Tigers in Mount Ephraim were located at an Exxon gas station in Deptford, NJ before being moving here in the 1990s. The upright tiger is an example of the statues that were mass-produced for Esso in the 1960s or early 1970s. They were used in conjunction with the company's "Put a Tiger in Your Tank" advertising campaign. There are only a couple others that I know of still standing at gas stations. The smaller tiger was probably not made for Esso and might have come from a mini golf. These photos are from 2009. The statues were still there in 2013. However, by 2015, the Exxon station became a Union 76 station and the statues were removed. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

This Tiger in Verona stood in front of T.E. Fall Automotive, a repair shop. The building was probably an Esso station originally. The statue's feet have been encased in cement. This was probably done to deter thieves. The statue was still there in 2013 but gone by 2015.

Esso Tiger [gone]
Lake Ozark, MO
Esso Tiger [gone]
Salisbury, MA
These Esso Tiger statues were installed on the roofs of Esso gas stations. They were produced in the mid-1960s by International Fiberglass. These statues came in two sizes: three and seven feet long. Since there was no exclusive contract with Esso, International Fiberglass produced these signs with different colors and stripes and sold them to other customers. These Cougars were produced with a golden paint job and shorn whiskers [photo thanks Terry Nelson]. These International Fiberglass photos courtesy of Terry Nelson: 1 and 2.

The Tiger in Lake Ozark was located at the Two-Bit Town mini golf course when this photo was taken in 2010. Two-Bit Town was closed by 2013. In 2016, it was announced that this statue and the others at Two-Bit would be moved to a water park in town. I don't think that ever happened.

The Tiger in Salisbury was installed on the office roof of Salisbury Mini Golf & Kart Land. This place was previously known as Adventure Golf. It had been abandoned for years. This photo was from 2010. Later that year, the tiger was gone.

Esso Tiger
Richmond, TX
This Esso Tiger is located at Horsch Tire & Service Center (now Zurovec's Auto & Transmission Repair). I don't know how long this statue has been here or if this building was originally an Esso station. [map]

Esso Tiger
Guymon, OK
Esso Tiger
Anderson, MO
This Esso Tiger in Guymon is installed on top of the pole sign at Tiger Auto Sales, a used car dealer. The tiger is the mascot of the local schools' sports teams. [map]

This Esso Tiger in Anderson has been installed of the roof of this closed antiques dealer since at least 2008. [map]

Esso Tigers
Brookshire, TX
These Esso Tiger statues are located at the Hemi Hideout. They are different sizes.

More Esso Tigers:
Atlanta, GA [vintage; gone]
Hendersonville, NC
Hampton, NH
Cortland, NY
Gloversville, NY [gone]
Newport, RI
Toano, VA

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