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Vintage 1973 Bob's Big Boy Restaurant Piggy Bank
Vintage 1973 Bob's Big Boy Restaurant Piggy Bank. Approx. 8 1/2 inches tall. Rubber/hard plastic. He is wearing red checkered overalla and black shoes. Some wearing of paint on red checks. Marked on bottom "Product of Big Boy Restaurants of America, c. Marriot Corp 1973".
Big Boy is the mascot for a chain of casual dining restaurants with its headquarters in Warren, Michigan. The chain is best known for its trademark chubby boy in red-and white-checked overalls holding a Big Boy sandwich (double-decker cheeseburger). The inspiration for Big Boy's name, as well as the model for its mascot, was Richard Woodruff of Glendale, California. When he was six years old, he walked into the diner, Bob's Pantry, as Bob Wian was attempting to name his new hamburger. Wian said, "Hello, Big Boy" to Woodruff, and the name stuck. Warner Bros. animation artist Ben Washam sketched Richard's caricature, which became the character seen on the company logo. Big Boy statues often stood in front of or on top of Big Boy Restaurants. The restaurant specialized in good hamburgers and french fries.