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Fisk Tire Boy Fiberglass Statue

June 22nd, 2008 · 28 Comments

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Fisk Tire Boy Fiberglass Statue

The Little Fisk Tire Boy Fiberglass Statue

“Time to Re-Tire” was the slogan coined for Fisk Tires when they started using The Little Fisk Tire Boy around 1910. Not sure how old this fiberglass statue was when we restored it about 6 years ago, but like other fiberglass restorations it entailed stripping the old paint, fiberglass repair work, primer, sanding, base coat of paint, airbrushing the details and then clear coat to finish. Don’t remember how big it was, but I’m guessing around 5 feet tall. Hope you like him.

This item is not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.

Tags: Gas Pumps & Station Items · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Retro Gifts · Unique & Unusual

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tim Dunbar // Nov 5, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Wow. About 5 years ago I did a series of 10 reproductions of a 3-piece screenprinted metal Fisk Boy floor standing display for a fellow who was selling them at the Barret Jackson Auction here in Southern California. I sure gave him a bargain.
    I do replications of period electric and other types of vintage signage as well as some restoration work. If you have any need for my services you can e-mail me or just phone my shop at 619-542-1756 here in San Diego.

    Thanks,

    Tim Dunbar
    Down South

  • 2 James D. Rhodes // Aug 12, 2009 at 12:09 am

    I have a friend who is about 86 years old. His name in Conrad Linderman. He says he was the “Fisk Tire Boy” sometime in the late twenties early thirities. Do you know about him?

    James D. Rhodes

  • 3 Mo Jarock // Sep 1, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I have a Fisk Tire Boy that is bronze and stands on a wooden base. He was in my Dad’s office for as long as I can remember. He was anonymous as there is no slogan or identification. I’ve always wondered who is was and how my Dad had acquired him.

  • 4 Bob mustard // Nov 30, 2009 at 1:32 am

    My great grandfather was once president of Fisk Tire. I’d be interested in the bronze, or other paraphenalia

  • 5 Sherl Stocking // Dec 17, 2009 at 2:40 am

    The fiberglass Fisk Boys were made in the 1960s for the F&G Division of Uniroyal. Most were in the Tire Departments in 220 K-Marts, 10 Globes and 2 Fisk Home and Auto Centers. Probably 300 were originally made. I also own one that is displayed in my store in Snohomish Washington. I worked for Uniroyal in 60’s & 70’s.

  • 6 Aaron Myles // Dec 27, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I have an original moulded Plaster Fisk Tyre Boy .He has movable arms,but there has been a bit of warping that occured when he was left out in the garden as an ornament many years ago.He stands 20 inches high and has wooden inserts in his feet ,where he would have been attached to a stand.Can anybody shed any light on how old he may be.

  • 7 bob // Mar 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    want to buy– are there sellers?

  • 8 Millard Fillmore // Jun 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I saw one of these statues on top of a disused gas station in Rural Hall, NC which used to be a Fisk Tire store. It’s not in great shape, but it’s clearly recognizable. Were these used regularly over the entrances of Fisk Tire stores?

    Photo of the NC statue at:

    http://www.agilitynut.com/giants/nc.html

  • 9 vintagevending // Jun 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Millard,

    Yes, the statue was used in many stores. Sometimes it was outside, and sometimes there was a smaller statue inside the store.

  • 10 Bob // Jul 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Looking to purchase LIFE SIZE FISK TIME TO RETIRE STATUE. Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks alternate email keno10koko10@yahoo.com

  • 11 vintagevending // Jul 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Bob

    Oddly enough, there is a fully restored one for sale at the auction link listed below, going on tomorrow.
    You can register online and bid.

    http://www.paulmcinnis.com/Amazing-Single-Owner-Collection-Gilford-New-Hampshire.asp

    We had fully restored this for our customer and it is shown in our gallery/museum

    to see our photos too: http://www.retroplanet.com/PROD/Fisk-Tire-Boy

  • 12 Fredy Ryan // Aug 24, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I have an old Fisk Tire Boy, I’ve had him leaning up against a chain link fence for the last 25 years with a logging chain around his neck and looped over the fence to keep him in place..Climbing roses have grown up around him..He is solid and still attractive..Paint is flaking..I thought he was 6 1/2 tall but he is on an old milk crate, couple of them pushed together so he is about 5′ 1/2 tall..Please hit me with an offer as i am getting old and want to get rid of a lot of stuff..Lots of old adverising, An old watling slot machine,junk, good antiques..As I don’t want to die with this stuff..
    Fredy Ryan, St. Johns , Oregon
    503-286-3597

  • 13 Fredy Ryan // Aug 24, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    My email is grandavenuegym@
    I am the one with the fisk tire boy..Open for trades or sympathy..
    Fredy

  • 14 Ernest // Oct 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I have a Tiffany vase, Sterling Silver trophy from the 1930 Fisk Tire Company Sales contest. My Grandfather had a tire store in Jackson Miss that won. The Fisk Tire boy is prominently displayed.

  • 15 Patty // Jan 26, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    What is the price range of the original fisk tire boy time to retire, life-size in good condition?

  • 16 John // Feb 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I have a six-foot tall Fisk Tire Boy, with tire and working light, in good original condition. I’ve owned and enjoyed it for 26 years, but am now preparing to sell it, so I too would be interested in what the price/value range would be for this item.

  • 17 Ron Toothaker // Mar 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I also have a six-foot tall Fisk Tire Boy in good condition along with a mint condition embossed Fisk Tire sign. So I to would be interested in what the price/value range would be for these items should I offer to sell. I also have some very old magazine adds by Normam Rockwell for Fisk Tires.

  • 18 Britt // Mar 25, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I have a Fisk Tire Desk Clock and trying to find the worth of it. Anyone have any idea?

  • 19 mark // Mar 29, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    looking to buy….fisk boy with tire statue…..calif. 760 -881 -0107

  • 20 mark // Apr 19, 2011 at 1:54 am

    looking to buy lg. or sm.fisk tire boy statues ,any condition, so.california 760 .881.0107

  • 21 Dale Fisk // Jan 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I am an antique collector, mechanic and former gas station owner with the last name of Fisk of course I am interested in anything collectible by the Fisk Tire company. If you have anything you would like to sell please let me know. I live inthe middle of Montana but am willing to travel to purchase items.

  • 22 john lappe // Feb 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I have a full size fisk statue that will be listed for sale soon 319 277 4323

  • 23 john // Feb 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    we have a fisk statue for sale

  • 24 john // Feb 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    we have one of these listed on ebay

  • 25 mario // Jun 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Want to buy fisk tire boy doll if anyone wants to sell email me: marioelement@gmail.com

  • 26 lost and found // Jul 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Heya, a Fisk Red-Top heavy tread tire washed up in my favorite park during the the recent flood. I recognized it from going to old car shows so I brought it home. Bu I haven’t been able to find hardly any information about it online. Just postings about statues and old ads. Can any one point me in a good direction?

  • 27 Mark // Aug 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I have a Fisk Yawning Tire Boy I’m looking to sell. If you’re a serious collector please contact me and I can send photos. Be sure to put “Fisk Tire Boy” as the subject line. Thanks.

  • 28 Donna Stockwell // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I have a bronze? metal Fisk (time to retire get a Fisk) ashtray. On the bottom it is stamped. Hard to read. d-ary publis -g corp. nyq advertising agent. I was going to throw it out. The candle has been missing for years. My daughter asked that I try to find out if it has any value before throwing it out. It is about 4 1/2 inches tall and the ashtray measures 3 1/2 inches across.

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