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#384489 - Tue Jan 08 2013 06:53 PM Michelin Man
hotcidr Offline
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Registered: Fri Jul 27 2001
Loc: Carpinteria, Ca. USA
Found this great, all metal, Michelin Man on ebay. Love it


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#384492 - Tue Jan 08 2013 07:00 PM Re: Michelin Man [Re: hotcidr]
dundign Offline
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Registered: Thu Nov 20 2008
Loc: El Cajon,Calif, USA
Nice piece..... Tom

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#384522 - Tue Jan 08 2013 08:02 PM Re: Michelin Man [Re: dundign]
gmstuff Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 22 2007
Loc: Elkridge, MD, US
REPRO, REPRO, REPRO!!!! Stay away.. All the cast iron ones are fake.. The originals were a very crude paper mechea/ plaster material, and hand painted... Someone made these probably using an original.. There are usuall a few in eBay at a time... Neat piece for about 50$..

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#384526 - Tue Jan 08 2013 08:40 PM Re: Michelin Man [Re: gmstuff]
Mike M. Offline
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Registered: Tue Jan 31 2012
Loc: Western, WI.
7 on there right now from 325 to 1200.
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#384624 - Wed Jan 09 2013 10:19 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: gmstuff]
Rudy Owens Offline
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Registered: Thu Jan 06 2011
Loc: Atlanta, GA
Originally Posted By: gmstuff
REPRO, REPRO, REPRO!!!! Stay away.. All the cast iron ones are fake.. The originals were a very crude paper mechea/ plaster material, and hand painted... Someone made these probably using an original.. There are usuall a few in eBay at a time... Neat piece for about 50$..



Where do I get one for $50.00 bucks, I will take six at that price even if they are marked or unmarked!

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#384627 - Wed Jan 09 2013 11:42 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: Rudy Owens]
LOWright Offline
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Registered: Fri Feb 19 2010
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Here is what i'm doing with the one i have. Castings are kind of rough so i'm doing some clean up on him. The air chuck will be in his left hand and it's plumped for water. I still need to paint him and the air sign, i'll letter the word Michelin on his ribbon and put on a white hose on and chrome hose reel. I was thinking yellow for the sign back ground and off white for him.


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Edited by LOWright (Wed Jan 09 2013 12:22 PM)
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#384631 - Wed Jan 09 2013 11:49 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: LOWright]
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Registered: Sat Jun 13 2009
Loc: Wellington, FLORIDA
Totally cool!
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#384678 - Wed Jan 09 2013 04:50 PM Re: Michelin Man [Re: Rudy Owens]
gmstuff Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 22 2007
Loc: Elkridge, MD, US

Where do I get one for $50.00 bucks, I will take six at that price even if they are marked or unmarked! [/quote]

Didn't say they were available for 50$... That's about what they are worth..

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#407331 - Fri Apr 05 2013 10:31 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: gmstuff]
pauvictoria Offline
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Registered: Fri Jul 14 2006
Loc: Barcelona, Spain
Dear Oldgas friends.

Here Pau from Barcelona, Spain.

This bizarre statue/figure is a false piece, never existed before 2010-2011. It is cast made, with an "dirty patina" to look like real old.

Since 2010-2011 It is offered each week on ebay US and UK, sometimes described as "original" and with high prizes. Months ago I was discussing with an ebay seller who assured me: "This has been in my workshop for at least 15 years, bought with a job lot of bike parts". He was lying, of course.

Sometimes, the description includes a 1940s reference...
The french-based Michelin et Cie came in 1907 to American market, creating the Michelin Tire Company and erecting a big factory at Milltown, NJ.
The factory closed on 1930 due the Big Crash, and Michelin ceased operations in US until its return on 60s with Radial technology. So, there are no OLD items produced after 1930.

I know perfectly the story of Michelin Tire Co. official branded merchandising.

This statue It Is only an adaptation/copy very bad done of the real plaster (NEVER METAL) figure produced in 1920s only for US tire market to be displayed on Michelin stockist storefronts.

I know some collectors who have an original one.

Also, you can see on the web a real good replica produced in limited edition with Michelin Company permission, made and sold with honesty and respect and offered on the Coker Tire Co. web-site:

http://www.cokertire.com/collectibles/standing-mr-bib-resin-figure.html

...wich is much more similar to the original figure. A real nice collectible.

Please, see images at pages 96-97 in the reference book THE MICHELIN MAN. An Unauthorized Advertising Showcase by Rudy Le Coadic. There are big diferences.

Best wishes from mediterranean Barcelona.

Pau


Edited by pauvictoria (Fri Apr 05 2013 11:04 AM)
Edit Reason: some mistakes due my horrible english level

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#407548 - Sat Apr 06 2013 04:19 PM Re: Michelin Man [Re: pauvictoria]
bagged1961 Offline
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Registered: Sun Mar 18 2012
Loc: Indiana
Still working on my Michelin Man air station. The pole is a really ornate light pole that my dad and I cut down. The Michelin guy is the cast iron fantasy/repo item. Still need to attach the AIR globe and light it up. Thanks Lowright for the inspiration. My dad is a whiz guy with metal so it has made this whole project a 100 times easier.



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#408471 - Wed Apr 10 2013 04:17 PM Re: Michelin Man [Re: bagged1961]
LOWright Offline
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Registered: Fri Feb 19 2010
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Wasn't my idea but your welcome Seth,
Mine is a little further along but not quit done. Need to do a little chrome and some hand lettering. Got a hose made but not in this pic. May need to add a globe. Thanks Seth…LOL


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Edited by LOWright (Wed Apr 10 2013 04:19 PM)
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#408779 - Thu Apr 11 2013 05:56 PM Re: Michelin Man [Re: LOWright]
60wayne Offline
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Registered: Sun May 11 2008
Loc: Lynchburg, Va.
I saw one of these for the first time maybe a year and a half ago at an auction. My thought was the patina was too even and it was a reproduction. Someone bid about $900 so they could take it home. I thought it would be neat for $50 or $100 as a door stop.

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#410377 - Thu Apr 18 2013 02:40 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: hotcidr]
pauvictoria Offline
Member

Registered: Fri Jul 14 2006
Loc: Barcelona, Spain
For all people interested, here are a lineup...

The visual differences between the original figure (and official replica) and false are evident...

The false statue have two versions, with the text "Tires" or "Tyres" on the belt... well, it seems it needs to be prepared to cheat US and UK collectors...

The statue is usually sold with a false description by passing by really old ... of course, if the seller clearly identifies it as a modern imitation, there is no type of deception ...

And everyone is free to decide whether or not to use these objects, provided they do not intend to mislead anyone in the future...

Sincerely, Pau
(and excuse me for my horrible english!)


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Edited by pauvictoria (Thu Apr 18 2013 02:55 AM)

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#410531 - Thu Apr 18 2013 08:41 PM Re: Michelin Man [Re: pauvictoria]
Dick Bennett Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 25 2000
Loc: Santa Paula, Calif
Originally Posted By: pauvictoria

(and excuse me for my horrible english!)

Your English & spelling is Better that most that were born in the English Speaking World!
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#410600 - Fri Apr 19 2013 07:20 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: Dick Bennett]
Nicole Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 09 2010
Loc: Maryland
Ditto to what DB said on the good English and good spelling as many of us here (including myself) have lots of--ahem--typos! grin Thanks for sharing the comparisons!

Made of paper mache or plaster, did the originals last? I ask because 30 years ago, visiting my sisters godmother in Belgium, the town square was all scafolded for the clean up of buildings almost black with pollution. They said that a lot of damage had been done by acid erosion to the stone facades as well.

I'm wondering how the real Michelin Men fared? It must be really difficult to get originals.

I wanted to add, that even though they are reproductions, they look good on those stands.

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#427753 - Fri Jul 05 2013 02:51 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: pauvictoria]
pauvictoria Offline
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Registered: Fri Jul 14 2006
Loc: Barcelona, Spain
Dear Oldgas friends.

Here are another example of the fake Michelin cast iron figures that are runing now on ebay and other flea markets, sometimes with a high prize.

These figures, painted trying to imitate an antique appearance, are for sale as "original old" "vintage old 1920s-30s" and, only in few times, identify by honest dealers as "Modern Reproduction".

But these figures are not "reproductions".

Never existed before 2011, and are inspired (only inspired, because the resemblance is null) by the original official Michelin man metal figures used to decorate the air compressors.

These 1920s air compressors where available for Michelin garages in France and other european countries, and are now items highly sought by collectors.

Among these false figures, are particulary surprising the metal one with "REG 67548 Detroit" inscription on the back... or a similar little one riding a motobike...

You can find them on ebay daily, especially on ebay UK...

Well, anyone is free to sell or to buy its but, please, identify it ALWAYS as "modern figure" or "new creation" (not a reproduction, not a new version).

I hope I have been helpful for collectors.

Sincerely, Pau
(and excuse me for my horrible english!)


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Edited by pauvictoria (Fri Jul 05 2013 02:57 AM)

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#427770 - Fri Jul 05 2013 07:42 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: pauvictoria]
gulfiend! Offline
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Registered: Fri Jul 01 2005
Loc: Raleigh, North Carolina
...Pau - thank you for taking the time to post the photos and information...your clear explanation of the differences should prove very helpful...
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#427785 - Fri Jul 05 2013 10:01 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: gulfiend!]
Wes Maxwell Offline
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Registered: Fri Oct 15 2004
Loc: Central Ohio
Thanks for the pictures and info, always good to learn more about the hobby
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#427918 - Fri Jul 05 2013 09:58 PM Re: Michelin Man [Re: pauvictoria]
Dick Bennett Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 25 2000
Loc: Santa Paula, Calif
Originally Posted By: pauvictoria
Dear Oldgas friends.

Here are another example of the fake Michelin cast iron figures that are runing now on ebay and other flea markets, sometimes with a high prize.

These figures, painted trying to imitate an antique appearance, are for sale as "original old" "vintage old 1920s-30s" and, only in few times, identify by honest dealers as "Modern Reproduction".

But these figures are not "reproductions".

Never existed before 2011, and are inspired (only inspired, because the resemblance is null) by the original official Michelin man metal figures used to decorate the air compressors.

These 1920s air compressors where available for Michelin garages in France and other european countries, and are now items highly sought by collectors.

Among these false figures, are particulary surprising the metal one with "REG 67548 Detroit" inscription on the back... or a similar little one riding a motobike...

You can find them on ebay daily, especially on ebay UK...

Well, anyone is free to sell or to buy its but, please, identify it ALWAYS as "modern figure" or "new creation" (not a reproduction, not a new version).

I hope I have been helpful for collectors.

Sincerely, Pau


THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU,
PLEASE Take the Time & POST pictures of REAL vs. FAKE items In the KNOWN FAKE Image Gallery;
http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=21

It will/would be a GREAT RESOURCE for Present/Future Collectors IF MORE would take the time to add images!

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#427948 - Sat Jul 06 2013 04:15 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: Dick Bennett]
Dave's Garage Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 05 2011
Loc: Abbotsford, British Columbia, ...
Great Information!
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Dave's Garage & Memorabilia, Inc.

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#450457 - Wed Jul 24 2013 08:58 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: Dave's Garage]
pauvictoria Offline
Member

Registered: Fri Jul 14 2006
Loc: Barcelona, Spain
Thanks for your words, Nicole, Mark, Wes, Dick, Dave and the rest of OldGas colleagues.

I'm not an expert on the inmense field of Automobile related, Gas & Oil memorabilia...

I can only help with Tire collectibles and specially Michelin collectibles.

In fact, I'm a big collector on all tire companies (US, british and European) in years near 1900s to 1940s, and one of the most important collectors and historians on the Michelin Tire Company advertising. I use to lend part of my collection to Michelin Company in France for Exhibitions, and to write academic articles about Tire stories and specially related with advertising, Graphic design, illustration and illustrators.

I'm 47 years old. Now Associated Professor, Department of Design and Image, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona. Bachelor of Fine Arts, speciality in Graphic Design. Working professionally in the publishing industry as a graphic designer and art director for the past sixteen years, and currently combining the teaching activity and the PhD research on the Thesis about Design, illustration and Advertising in pioneer tire companies (1900-1930) in wich the Michelin Company story is the central axis.

So, with humility and without wanting to sound pedantic in any way, I really know what I'm talking about.

And I hate people who, consciously, are dedicated to deceive others to make money...
Sharing information helps others to know the reality and freely decide what they want to do.

Also, as rightly said Mark,
"the future of our hobby will logically trend to authenticity; historically accurate restoration & preservation of memorabilia should be paramount... "

Best wishes from sunny mediterranean Barcelona.

Sincerely, Pau Medrano-Bigas.


Edited by pauvictoria (Wed Jul 24 2013 09:00 AM)

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#450489 - Wed Jul 24 2013 11:53 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: pauvictoria]
Dave's Garage Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 05 2011
Loc: Abbotsford, British Columbia, ...
Originally Posted By: pauvictoria
I hate people who, consciously, are dedicated to deceive others to make money...
Sharing information helps others to know the reality and freely decide what they want to do.


Pau, Like yourself; I also have a very strong dislike for people who lack moral integrity and are motivated by greed and have an absolute disregard for others.
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Dave's Garage & Memorabilia, Inc.

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#601145 - Mon Mar 02 2015 12:57 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: pauvictoria]
salsaladi64 Offline
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Registered: Sun Mar 01 2015
Loc: italia ascoli piceno
Hello Pau
you're an expert on the history of Michelin, a friend of mine wants to buy this Michelin, which is the right price? thanks Salvatore https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...e=1&theater[/img]

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#601146 - Mon Mar 02 2015 01:17 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: pauvictoria]
salsaladi64 Offline
Member

Registered: Sun Mar 01 2015
Loc: italia ascoli piceno
Hello Pau
I would like to have a Michelin information on man, you are a great expert of him, my friend would like to buy the Michelin photo, what is the price right? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...e=1&theater


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#602251 - Sun Mar 08 2015 07:53 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: salsaladi64]
GASandOIL Online   content
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Mon Nov 28 2011
Loc: New Hampshire
Great info on here, thank you all.

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#602253 - Sun Mar 08 2015 08:15 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: salsaladi64]
Nucky Offline
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Registered: Sun Jan 16 2011
Loc: Belgium, Liege
Originally Posted By: salsaladi64
Hello Pau
I would like to have a Michelin information on man, you are a great expert of him, my friend would like to buy the Michelin photo, what is the price right? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...e=1&theater


as it's a part from the air compressor and as it has been repainted, maximal value is 50-60 $

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#662003 - Thu Jul 28 2016 06:00 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: hotcidr]
pauvictoria Offline
Member

Registered: Fri Jul 14 2006
Loc: Barcelona, Spain
Dear Old Gas friends.

In the last six or seven years it has appeared many Michelin figures and signs, showing Bibendum, the tire brand mascot man.
Here I show some of the most common counterfeits that are flooding the pages of ebay (especially on eBay UK and eBay USA) but we can already see in online stores of "antiques" and even items offered by prestigious auction rooms.

There are figures of all types. Some shows an old look, though they are quite new and have never been existed before as original and authentic elements of Michelin advertising. Others merely reproduce originally plastic figures in chrome metal. A curious case is a Michelin tires for cycles enamel sign, originally produced in lithographed sign in France ... but NEVER as enameled sign, and that can be seen for sale "suitably aged".

I hope the images will help to identify them.

Please do not contribute to the chain of confusion, which affects the credibility of collecting and honest businesses engaged in this work.

Your friend in Barcelona city, Catalonia (Spain),

Pau


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#662016 - Thu Jul 28 2016 09:14 AM Re: Michelin Man [Re: hotcidr]
Gasman84470 Offline
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Registered: Sun Jan 13 2013
Loc: Calgary AB
Pau thanks for the collation of "fraudulent" Michelin Bibby items.
This page should serve well for those about to imbibe in Michelin collecting and what to avoid. I appreciate the effort.

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#683894 - Tue Apr 04 2017 02:10 PM Re: Michelin Man [Re: hotcidr]
Niewiem Offline
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Registered: Tue Apr 04 2017
Loc: Poland
I dug something like this today



I Am not sure what year is this.

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