Monday, August 26, 2019

Muffler Men

In the early '60s, giant fiberglass figures stood outside businesses along the roadside, designed to reel in customers. International Fiberglass in California produced about a thousand of these 14-to-25 foot tall statues. They were dubbed “Muffler Men” although they were made to advertise many different products and took many forms. When the company closed in 1976 the original molds were destroyed and many of the figures now belong to private collectors. The Bay Area’s Bell Plastics holds what is perhaps the world’s largest group of original muffler men and they recently held their annual open house, allowing the public to see the advertising giants up close.

Photos:Bell Plastics

Via Neatorama

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