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Highway Giants - Muffler Men
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They're big. They're scary. And there are hundreds of them! Have you seen a Muffler Man during your travels? Did you get a picture of him? Do you know where one is? If you do this is the place to tell about it.
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Muffler men were developed in the 1960s by a Californian company called International Fiberglass, these types of muffler man tower at heights of 18 to 25 feet (roughly 5.48 to 7.62 meters).

International Fiberglass produced several different models of giant man statues.

They all used one basic mold; facial modification and the addition of new chests & hats allowed the company to offer Paul Bunyans, Country Bumpkins, (who look suspiciously like Alfred E. Neuman), Cowboys, & Indians; and of course, large repairmen holding gigantic mufflers.

The company had some minor competitors, but International Fiberglass was by far the most widely distributed. Currently, they are the most widely recognized and share a few common traits:

1) a creepy, emotionless stare.

2) arms by their sides with muscular forearms extended at 90 degree angles.

3) right palms facing up and left palms facing the ground.

This company produced thousands of muffler men between the years of 1962 and 1975; finally breaking the molds in 1976.

These Muffler Men have overcome storms, vandals, and changing local ordinances, many of the remaining statues stand alone, along roadways in the United States.

Over the decades these Muffler Men have developed into a dynamic form of art, as owners have modified and personalized their giants, creating new varieties in the forms of soldiers, spacemen, and questionable Mexicans.

This practice of personalizing a mass-market commodity has been viewed by some as a symbol of the human spirit and individuality co-opting and overcoming monoculture.

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The company also produced Phillips Petroleum Cowboys, Texaco Big Friends, & US Rubber Miss Uniroyals. They also did ENCO, Humble Tigers, and the Sinclair Dinosaurs. To Road-ologists, all of these statues are Muffler Men; including the Uniroyal Gals. But this Category will not accept Tigers or Dinosaurs.

Instructions for Posting a Highway Giants - Muffler Men Waymark:
If you come across a Muffler Men in existence; take a picture and record the latitude/longitude of the location as a new waymark. This category is not just about entering coordinates, it's about the stories behind the Muffler Men. Please give as much detail as possible. Fill out the Variables to the best of your ability, and please describe the Muffler Men in great detail; including the hand positions & accessories. If the Muffler Man has been referenced in a book, website, television, radio program or other media, please include the reference with as much detail as possible.
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To log a Visit, please make every effort to supply an image of yourself at the site. The standard GPS photo may be used as well, or even just an image that you took when you visited the location. If you do not have the option to provide an image, please provide a detailed description of your visit so we can form a 'mental image'.
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Big John the muffler man is located in Helper Utah.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Mom the Cook & cashnhubby

location: Utah

date approved: 6/6/2011

last visited: 6/29/2012

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