Original Green Bakelite 1930s Michelin Man Ashtray No Reserve Bibendum England For SaleThat sums it up. These are rare and hard to find in green, dating to the 1930's or 1940's
Green bakelite base has a few cigarette marks in the bottom but,that aside, it is in fine condition with a nice glow. Underside reads, MADE IN ENGLAND Cream colored Bibendum is in fiine condition with no damages or repairs
SIZE: 4 and 3/4 inches tall, 5 and 5/8 in wide
CONDITION: See above
SHIPPING: In US, Priority, $8; Parcel Post $3
Guaranteed Vintage and Original
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Bibendum, commonly referred to as the Michelin Man, is the symbol of the Michelin tyre company. Introduced at the Lyon Exhibition of 1894 where the Michelin brothers had a stand, Bibendum is one of the world's oldest trademarks. The slogan Nunc est bibendum (Now is the time to drink) is taken from Horace'sOdes (book I, ode xxxvii, line 1). He is also referred to as Bib or Bibelobis. While attending the Universal and Colonial Exposition in Lyon in 1894, Edouard and André Michelin noticed a stack of tires that suggested to Edouard the figure of a man without arms. Four years later, André met French cartoonist Marius Rossillon, popularly known as O'Galop, who showed him a rejected image he had created for a Munich brewery—a large, regal figure holding a huge glass of beer and quoting Horace's phrase "Nunc est bibendum". André immediately suggested replacing the man with a figure made from tires. Thus O'Galop transformed the earlier image into Michelin's symbol. Today, Bibendum is one of the world's most recognised trademarks, representing Michelin in over 150 countries. The 1898 poster showed him offering the toast Vive la tyres!!.. to his scrawny competitors with a glass full of road hazards, with the title and the tagC'est à dire: À votre santé. Le pneu Michelin boit l'obstacle ("That is to say, to your health. The Michelin tire drinks up obstacles"). The implication is that Michelin tires will easily take on road hazards. The company used this basic poster format for fifteen years, adding its latest products to the table in front of the figure. It is unclear when the word "Bibendum" came to be the name of the character himself. At the latest, it was in 1908, when Michelin commissioned Curnonsky to write a newspaper column signed "Bibendum".
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