Monday, January 4, 2010

My Town Monday: PEZ



These are some of the PEZ dispensers we have in our house. One of the kids collected them for a while.

PEZ candies were first marketed in flat tins as compressed peppermints around 1927 in Vienna, Austria.

PEZ comes from the German word for peppermint: PfeffErminZ. Love that word trivia!

About 3 billion little brick PEZ candies are eaten in the U.S. each year.

The first PEZ dispensers were called "regulars". They were shaped like a cigarette lighter and dispensed breath mints for adult smokers. In 1952, the PEZ Candy Co. stuck heads on the dispensers and fruity candy in them and began marketing to children. Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse were a couple of the earlier heads.

By now, you're probably scratching your head and wondering why there's a post on PEZ with the heading My Town Monday.

Because.....we have a PEZ museum and store in California!

Yes! The Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia is located about ten minutes south of the San Francisco International Airport. The museum/store is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm. Here's the address and phone number: 214 California Drive, Burlingame, CA, 94010, (650) 347-2301.

The museum/store began life in 1995 as a computer store. Owners Nancy and Gary Doss also collected PEZ dispensers which they displayed around the computers. Dispensers like the Pineapple PEZ worth $3500 and the Make-A-Face Potato Head Pez worth $5000. Within a year, the computer store morphed into a PEZ museum/store.

Per the Silicon Valley Mercury News.com, the Pez Candy Co. from Linz, Austria is suing the Burlingame Museum for the money earned during their fourteen years in business. They are also demanding the melting down of the Doss' giant 7 ft, 10 in snowman PEZ.

Anyway, at this point the museum is still open. And if you happen to have any extra spending money post holiday season...

You can stand next to the world's largest PEZ dispenser (as determined by the World Guinness Book of Records) and feed it $14.95. In return it will spit out a regulation-sized snowman PEZ dispenser.

Or you can purchase such items as the 1970's fireman PEZ dispenser for around $75.

If, however, you're low on cash like the majority of us...

You can visit Blogger Bookworm Readers for a chance to win a copy of i so don't do spooky or an ARC of said book.

Or you can click over to The American Cheerleader magazine who are giving away five copies of i so don't do spooky at their online site.

Pretty smooth transition, eh? :)

So, go win some books and don't forget to pop over to the My Town Monday blog to see what wild and crazy things others in the group are posting about.

Have a great First Monday in 2010!!



sources:
http://www.pez.com/v/site_pages/aboutus.
htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pez
http://www.burlingamepezmuseum.com/
http://www.worldslargestdispenserofpez.com/
http://www.mercurynews.com/year-in-review/ci_12812553

19 comments:

liz fenwick said...

Cool - I often wondered about Pez.

Happy New Year
lx

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

LOL... a post after my own heart. a little known secret that i collect pez myself. i have over 120 of them! i'm such a geek, love this post. interesting about the museum, i didn't know that. good thing i read your blog. :]

Keri Mikulski said...

Yum! Pez. :)

Kristina P. said...

So cool! My brother in law collects Pez Dispensers.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Wow. That's a lot of PEZ! They are so darn cute, though.

Patti said...

a collection mark would love!

Charles Gramlich said...

Kinda makes me want to have a Pez collection.

Teresa said...

This is such a fun post. My brother and I used to love PEZ candies and dispensers. I didn't know California had a pez museum. Hope your book is selling well!!! Congratulations on the promotions.

Sarakastic said...

The pez dispensers make the disgusting taste of pez candy worth it.

Lainey-Paney said...

pez dispensers: fine.
pez candy: gag!

Laura said...

I So Don't Do Mysteries is the best book I have ever read! I love all of the characters and I love that the book is so funny. The book is so funny that I read it very slow because I stop to laugh after almost every paragraph.

Barrie said...

Laura, thank you for leaving this comment! xo

Barrie said...

Christine, I wonder how much your collection is worth?!!

Cassandra said...

(Mrs. Summy, Laura's my sister.) She loved the book (obviously), and now she's on to SPOOKY. I can't wait to see what she thinks of it. Personally, it was probably my fave book of all time.

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

good question, i never really looked them all up barrie. i have some really old, desirable one's, and some unique one's too. i don't even have them cataloged. i should get on that. LOL

Gabriele Goldstone said...

The amazing things I learn by visiting this blog!

Shelf Elf said...

Hi Barrie! Happy New Year!

Who knew that PEZ had such history? You are a veritable fount of pez-y knowledge.

:)

Kerry

Barrie said...

Hi Shelf Elf!!! So, now that know I'm a "veritable fount of pez-y knowledge", would be on my Trivial Pursuit team. I mean, if we ever happen to be in the same city at the same time and a game happens to be starting up? :)

Barrie said...

Gabe, you really should join in My Town Monday. Think all you could find to post about Manitoba. hint, hint