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International Fiberglass Giant Men Statues (page 1)

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International Fiberglass didn't really have a name for these statues even though they were just as popular as the original Paul Bunyan models. In their marketing materials, these statues were simply referred to as "Giant Men". The statues were very similar to the Paul Bunyan statues. Most of them still had the same hand position: right palm up, left palm down. However, these statues did not have the knit caps. They had longer pants that went down to their shoes. As with the Paul Bunyan models, they could be accessorized with just about anything to become Hamburger Men, Golfers, etc. They could also be painted whatever colors the customer wanted.

Giant Man [gone]
Birmingham, AL
This Giant Man in Birmingham, aka "Stan", had been moved around town a few times. In 1980, the statue stood in front of Lynn Strickland Tire. In 1998, he was located on a rooftop next to I-65 at a different tire store where he held a couple of tires. Strong winds knocked his upper torso to the ground and he had to be repaired. He stood next to the GCR Tire Center for many years and was painted to match GCR's uniforms. I guess his white-painted hands were meant to look like gloves. These photos are from 2007. Around 2021, the business became Southern Tire and the statue was moved to private property. For more, see this website.

Giant Man
San Jose, CA
This Giant Man stands in front of Babe's & Lightning Muffler. "Babe", as the statue is known, has been here since the 1960s. Babe's closed in 2018. This statue is landmarked and will most likely stay in place. There were two other Giant Men installed at two of the company's other locations in San Jose. One statue was burned down by a gang in the early 1990s. The other was removed due to sign restrictions. That statue's upper torso, head, and arms were then installed on the roof of a car and driven around town. It is believed to have been eventually destroyed. For more, see this website. [map]

Giant Man
Merced, CA
Giant Man [gone]
Compton, CA
This Giant Man in Merced stands in front of the Agricultural Museum. The statue once held a large mallet and was accompanied by a giant rat when it was installed at a pest control company. The statue was moved here in the early 1990s. In 2021, the museum contents and this statue were sold at auction. It's not yet known where this statue will be going. For more, see this website. [map]

The Giant Man in Compton was located at King's Auto Repair. He had been at that location since at least 2004. He was still there in 2017 but gone in 2018.

Giant Man
Washington, GA
2009:
2021:
This Giant Man has been hhere since 1997. I don't know where he was located before that. The building that housed the Jones Brake & Muffler shop had been vacant since 2005 when the owner's wife won the Mega Millions lottery. The statue had been repainted by 2010. By 2015, God's Marketplace had moved into the building. Since at least 2018, the building has housed the Pig & Bull Grill. [map]

Giant Man [gone]
2001 in Ham Lake, MN
2009 in Joliet, IL
This Giant Man was located at an auto shop when the first photos were taken above. The statue was sold for $10,000 and moved to Joliet, IL in 2003 where he was restored as Left Field Louie. Left Field Louie was the mascot for the Joliet Jackhammers minor league baseball team. He stood at the back of Silver Cross Field and made noise and smoke when the Jackhammers hit a homerun. In 2011, the team was renamed the Joliet Slammers and this statue was removed. According to the last report, the statue was in storage in Minooka, IL. For more, see this website.

Giant Man
Yorktown, IN

2001:

2005:
This Giant Man held an RV in his right hand and a sign in his left when the business behind him was Jack Smith and Sons RV. He was called Big Jack. In 2005, the location was taken over by MacAllister Machinery who removed the Big Jack sign and the miniature RV. By 2007, the statue was repainted. He now wears a yellow shirt and black pants. For more, see this website. [map]

Giant Man
Wichita, KS
Giant Man
Magnolia, NJ
This Giant Man in Wichita is located at Brown's Tires. The statue once had "Brown's" painted across his chest. It was restored around 2003. There are lights in his eyes which are turned on at night. For more, see this website. [map]

This Giant Man in Magnolia was originally outfitted with a hat. The statue was originally located in Clementon, NJ at Trio Tire (see left hand photo). He was installed on the roof there in the mid-1960s. In 2002, when Trio Tire was sold to Tire Corral, Royal Tire bought the statue for $10,000. The statue was repainted and moved to Magnolia. The hat may still be in storage. In 2017, the statue was painted with an orange shirt and red pants. [map]

Giant Man [gone]
Warrenton, TX (now Portland, OR)
Giant Man
Everett, WA
This Giant Man in Warrenton stood in front of the Sterling McCall Old Car Museum when these photos were taken in 2006. He had been there since 1996. Before that, he was located at either a mini golf course or driving range in Houston, TX. While he was in Warrenton, he was known as Big George. In 2010, the statue was knocked down in a storm and put in storage. The owners said they would restore the statue at some point. However, that never happened. The statue was sold in 2016 and is now being restored for a private collection in Portland, OR.

This Giant Man in Everett is installed on the roof of SSA (Stevedoring Services of America) Marine. In the 1980s, there was a muffler shop in the building below. The muffler shop had brought the statue along when they moved to this location. The statue held a giant wrench at that point. [map]

Giant Man
Tijuana, Mexico
This Giant Man is installed in front of a construction and hardware store. [map]

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