Muffler Men


Muffler Men
A Muffler Man holding a hot dog
Paul Bunyon Muffler Man in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Muffler Man (or Muffler Men) is a term used to describe large molded fiberglass sculptures that are placed as advertising icons, roadside attractions or for decorative purposes, predominantly in the United States. Standing approximately 20 feet tall, the first figure was a Paul Bunyan character designed to hold his axe.[1] Derivatives of that figure were widely used to hold full-sized car mufflers, tires, or other items promoting various roadside businesses. International Fiberglass of Venice, California constructed most Muffler Men.

Muffler Men have made appearances as characters in the comic strip "Zippy the Pinhead" by Bill Griffith, often in conversation with Zippy.

Uniroyal Gal

The Uniroyal Gal is the less common female counterpart to the Muffler Man.[2]

References

  1. ^ Roadside America. "Origin of the Species", Roadside America website, 2009. Accessed 2009-09-15.
  2. ^ Roadside America. "Giant Women", Roadside America website, 2009. Accessed 2009-04-19.

External links

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