|A recognized advertisement for the Michelin Tyre Company c1920 silver plated hollow Metalo-bronze boxing Bibendum, Michelin Man. Stamped on the base Made in France and the letter M. Height 4 inches. It is said that the stance might have been influenced by George Carpentier who became the world light-heavyweight kick-boxing champion in the 1920s. Reference in The Michelin Man by Rudy LeCoadic. ISBN: 0-7643-2299-0.