In 1927, Austrian Edward Haas made the first PEZ (Original German Phefferminz or Pepermint) candy. He wanted to help smokers to quit smoking. Today in the USA there are about 2 million PEZ collectors. In 1947, Oscar Uxea patented PEZ dispensers, which were like lighters. 1952 PEZ wins the US market. The first years were the figures of the green astronaut, Santa Claus, gunshot figures, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Tom & Jerry, Pluto, … etc. In the former Yugoslavia, PEZ figures were produced in Slovenia (based on an Austrian license). The PEZ figures are, today, more like an artwork.
The museum dedicated to these figures is located in California.
The Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia (California) features an example of every Pez candy dispenser sold – now over 1000 pieces.
Other Classic Toys have been added to the museum. Our newest exhibit features banned toys – including the 1951 Atomic Energy Laboratory and Lawn Darts.
Address: 214 California Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010-4113.
Working Hours: Tue – Sat10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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PEZ figures evolueted in http://www.pezmp3.com/index.php but some movie makers made a documentary movie dokumentary movie (www.pezheadsthemovie.com), which won a several prizes alraedy.
Fun place to see. An amazing collection of PEZ and other toys that have come and gone. Very well organized. Worth taking a half hour or more to enjoy.
It looks bigger online than it actually is. It is a very cool spot though and I think everyone should visit at least once. The man that does the tour is extremely knowledgeable on everything in his collection. He not only has Pez memorabilia but other toys too, like banned toys. There are also tons of Pez dispensers for sale and legos too. Lots of fun!
This has been on my “must see and do list” for a very long time and I finally made the visit. On line the business looks HUGE, when in reality, it’s 1 room and a gift store. For $3.00 ($2.00 65 and over) you can have the “Grand Tour” by the owner, Gary Doss. He is very knowledgeable about Pez dispensers. The first Pez he every purchased is what started his fascination and became his life long passion. The stories he told were both fascinating and amusing. I believe he knows everything there is to know about this little plastic candy dispenser we all had a love affair with. Just wish I’d kept a few of mine. All in all, the shop brought back a lot of wonderful memories. It wasn’t just “all about Pez” but other classic toys and now “Banned Toy’s, which are in a separate case, from the 50’s and 60’s, many you too will recognize. We can hear your audible sigh of “ah”. He was very gracious in letting me take a lot of photos to share with folks.
So if you have an extra hour or so, you should add this gem to your list of things to see and do.