The Michelin Man – Haibun . November 22, 2014

Claire Fuller (7)

PHOTO PROMPT – Copyright – Claire Fuller


I remember when the garage opened in 1966 and grew up walking past The Michelin Man every morning going to school.

Years later, when my son Harry was little, he’d squeal with delight when he’d see that vision from outer space.

The place grew older and shabbier. The proprietor went into retirement leaving the garage to his eldest. George-Michael didn’t have his heart in the business, he’d wanted to be a singer.  It wasn’t a surprise when he decided to close the doors  mentioning the economic crisis.

old  Mr. Michelin
changes through the years

(c) G.s.k. ’14


An Extra:

Michelin collage_small

I remember seeing the Michelin Man the first day I arrived in Italy, somewhere in Milan going from the airport to the train station. Over the years, his image, on television and in garages gradually changed. From a stout old debauchee with a cigar in his mouth advertising bicycle tires, he’s became a streaking slim white (young) outer-space sort of person advertising automobile tires. Gone is the cigar too .. no longer socially acceptable 😉

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22 thoughts on “The Michelin Man – Haibun . November 22, 2014

  1. He did seem quite dangerous — almost lecherous! — not the kinda guy you’d want to see in the rear view mirror.

    Or on the street.

    Or anywhere.

    Loved it, Georgia. 🙂


    • Well … the second note, under the collage is true … the first story is a story (got the date from the photo and named the son as I did because on the photo there was proprietor G. Roper and G.M. Roper). The collage was created using shots downloaded from the Internet.

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  2. You just made nostalgia fun! Nothing like a familiar ‘face’ to greet a person in a new place, even if it is just on a bill board. And is that a fall out shelter sign on the side of the garage?


    • I wrote this for Friday Fictioneers so and that’s where the photo came from so I’m not really sure if it’s a fall out shelter sign or not … could very well be … glad you had fun reading the post, I certainly had fun writing it and making that collage!


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