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Found 13 posts tagged ‘michelin man’


December 2, 2019 (permalink)

Bibendum as Father Time.  From Life, 1923.  See our surprising revelation about the origin of the Michelin Man.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #hourglass #father time #bibendum #michelin man
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February 19, 2019 (permalink)


The true origin of Bibendum, the Michelin Man, is shrouded in mystery.  Even Wikipedia (always the second to acknowledge when it's wrong) admits that it's unclear when the word "Bibendum" came to be the name of the character himself.  But now we can finally reveal all.  Contrary to popular rumors, the name obviously has nothing to do with Horace's phrase "Nunc est bibendum" ("now is the time for drinking"), as that would encourage drunk driving.  In fact, Bibendum's genesis is a footnote in history, quite literally.  In footnotes, an asterisk (*) is followed by a dagger (†), then a double dagger (‡), and then a section sign (§).  It was a section sign followed by the textual reference abbreviation "ibid" that engendered the Michelin Man.  Note how the section sign looks like a circle (tire) with two arms, as seen from above.  André Michelin, confronted by that footnote, equated the symbol with the mysterious abbreviation "ibid."  Upon looking up the meaning of "ibid," the horror of that sign and its occult label only increased, for André was told that it meant "ibidem."  (Spoiler: "ibidem" means "in the same place," "in the previously referenced source").  He had fallen into recursiveness, a tunnel of appendaged tires that eternally rolled back into itself.  This is the horror William Gibson described as a stomach-churningly creepy, "weird, jaded, cigar-smoking elder creature suggesting a mummy with elephantiasis ... the rolls of his pallid, rubbery flesh like the folds of a partially deflated blimp, greasy and vile" (Pattern Recognition).  When André regained consciousness and realized, practically retching, that he knew what his company's mascot was ordained to be, he remembered "ibidem" as "Bibendum," the addition of that initial B serving as a pictogram of the Michelin Man as seen from the front (a round head over a larger round body).  As anyone can see, combining the overhead-view section sign with the front-view capital B brings the figure into three dimensions.  Indeed, it was André's seemingly accidental addition of that B that brought the Michelin Man to life as one of the world's most recognized corporate symbols.
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#bibendum #michelin man
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August 4, 2018 (permalink)

For those wondering, here's what the underside of Bibendum's shoe looks like.  From Le Rire, 1907.
See our surprising revelation about the origin of the Michelin Man.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #bibendum #michelin man #kick
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February 9, 2018 (permalink)

Revealed: how Bibendum keeps in shape.  From Le Rire, 1901.
See our surprising revelation about the origin of the Michelin Man.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #exercise #bibendum #michelin man
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November 12, 2017 (permalink)

Bibendum materializes from the top down, as we see in this ad from The Sketch, 1910.
See our surprising revelation about the origin of the Michelin Man.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #bibendum #michelin man
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November 10, 2017 (permalink)

Here's Bibendum in fancy dress, from The Sketch, 1910.
See our surprising revelation about the origin of the Michelin Man.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #bibendum #michelin man
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September 17, 2017 (permalink)

Bibendum in The Sketch, 1920.
See our surprising revelation about the origin of the Michelin Man.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #bibendum #michelin man
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August 28, 2017 (permalink)

Revealed: what's inside Bibendum.  From Le Rire, 1908.
See our surprising revelation about the origin of the Michelin Man.
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#vintage illustration #art #bibendum #michelin man
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August 25, 2017 (permalink)

Though it looks like Bibendum is yanking up the lines of longitude from his flying horse, he's presumably pumping stranded motorists' flat tires.  From Le Rire, 1905.
See our surprising revelation about the origin of the Michelin Man.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #flying horse #bibendum #michelin man
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August 19, 2017 (permalink)

This is the first image we've encountered of Bibendum relieving himself (if that floats your boat).  From Le Rire, 1913.
See our surprising revelation about the origin of the Michelin Man.
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#vintage illustration #art #bibendum #michelin man #urination #taking a piss
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August 9, 2017 (permalink)

For when you're feeling deflated or otherwise need pumping up, it's Bibendum the doctor.  From Le Rire, 1905.
See our surprising revelation about the origin of the Michelin Man.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #bibendum #michelin man
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April 21, 2017 (permalink)

Q: How would Bibendum answer the phone?
A: "Yes, I'm Bibendum."
From a Michelin ad in Illustrated London News, 1912.
See our surprising revelation about the origin of the Michelin Man.
> read more from Rhetorical Questions, Answered! . . .
#vintage ad #bibendum #michelin man
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July 16, 2016 (permalink)

Here's an encounter with Bibendum, the Michelin Man, whom William Gibson has described as a stomach-churningly creepy, "weird, jaded, cigar-smoking elder creature suggesting a mummy with elephantiasis ... the rolls of his pallid, rubbery flesh like the folds of a partially deflated blimp, greasy and vile" (Pattern Recognition). From The Saturday Evening Post, 1920.
See our surprising revelation about the origin of the Michelin Man.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #bibendum #michelin man #william gibson
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