Lot 1260: Fisk Tire Boy Display
November 10, 2016
Union, IL, USALive Auction
Description: Fisk Tire Company, known for its Time to Retire slogan, features a young pajama-clad boy encircling a tire with his left hand holding a candle. The boy was designed in 1907 by Burr Giffin, an agency art director who was still awake early one morning at three oclock. The next day, he presented his sketch to his manager, who liked it so much that it was made into a poster for the Fisk Company. The original painting was sent to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for restoration after the US Rubber Company acquired Fisk. The youthful character first appeared in print in 1910. This great piece of automotive history stands a massive 7 tall and was used in the 1950s to stand on the roof or in the showroom of Fisk Tire dealers. Although there have been some reproductions of this particular piece, there are only a handful of original Fisk Tire Boy statues. This statue is one of the originals known to exist, and it is probably one of the finest examples of a fully restored Fisk Tire Boy. Full picture documentation of complete restoration done by a professional restoration shop. There are not many opportunities to own a great petroleum piece that creates a statement like this particular item.