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Pez Dispensers By Euphrates
Pez is responsible for the existence of eBay. It's true. Legend has it that the founder
discovered that his life-partner was spending an extraordinary time online in the pursuit
of Pez dispensers. Light bulb comes on, man makes millions etc. etc.
For those of you who were born in the last 3 years but have already mastered reading, Pez dispensers are Bic Lighter-sized containers that dispense tiny bricks of colored sugar. Just tilt back the character's head and the next available candy in the queue would be pushed up by a spring and ejected out of the figure's neck. You can also find (rarely!) dispensers in gun form, handy for dental suicide. Pez Candy has been making dispensers since the '40s. They only made 3 different dispenser-guns between the '50s and '80s. Their longevity on toy shelves and ability to cheaply capitalize on popular trends makes Pez dispensers a very popular collectible.
Collectors divide Pez (short for german word for peppermint) dispensers into 3 categories. The first, is the No Head and Peppermint Flavors period from 1949 to the early '50s. The second is the most popular. It is the Head and Fruit Flavors period which started in the early '50s and lasted until 1986. In 1987, the Plastic Feet era begins. The Plastic Feet dispensers divide the vintage and modern dispensers.
Pez can be quite expensive to collect. While the bulk of dispensers found on sales and auction sites sell for $5-$20, the harder to find No-Feet, Soft-Head or Rubber-Head, Monsters, Disney Character and Bi-Centennial dispensers can sell for hundreds of dollars.
Oh, by the way, eBay ended up being a good place to find Pez dispensers.
Partial List of Dispensers Made Animals, Crocodile Animals, Elephant Animals, Hippo Animals, Lion Bi-Centennial, Betsy Ross Bi-Centennial, Captain Bi-Centennial, Daniel Boone Bi-Centennial, Indian Brave Bi-Centennial, Indian Chief Bi-Centennial, Indian Woman Bi-Centennial, Pilgrim Bi-Centennial, Uncle Sam Bi-Centennial, Wounded Soldier Circus, Clown Circus, Elephant Circus, Horse Circus, Indian Chief Circus, Indian Squaw Circus, Lion Circus, Monkey Circus, Ringmaster Disney, Donald Duck Disney, Donald Duck - Daisy Duck Disney, Donald Duck - Huey, Duey & Louie Disney, Donald Duck - Scrooge Disney, Dopey Disney, Dumbo Disney, Goofy Disney, Jungle Book - Baloo Disney, Jungle Book - King Louie Disney, Jungle Book - Mowgli Disney, Lil Wolf Disney, Mary Poppins Disney, Mickey Mouse Disney, Minnie Mouse Disney, Peter Pan Disney, Peter Pan - Captain Hook Disney, Peter Pan - Tinkerbell Disney, Pinocchio Disney, Pinocchio - Jiminy Cricket Disney, Pluto Disney, Practical Pig Disney, Snow White Disney, Winnie-the-Pooh Disney, Zorro Flintstones, Barney Rubble Flintstones, Dino Flintstones, Fred Flintstone Flintstones, Pebbles Garfield, Arlene Garfield, Garfield Garfield, Garfield Smiling Garfield, Garfield with Baseball Hat Garfield, Nermal Holiday, Bunny Holiday, Chick Holiday, Lamb Holiday, Pink Valentine Heart Holiday, Pumpkin Holiday, Red Valentine Heart Holiday, Santa Holiday, Skull Holiday, Snowman Holiday, Witch Merry Music Makers, Dog Merry Music Makers, Duck Merry Music Makers, Lamb Merry Music Makers, Pig Merry Music Makers, Rooster Monsters, Creature from the Black Lagoon Monsters, Frankenstein Monsters, Wolfman Muppets, Fozzie Bear Muppets, Gonzo Muppets, Kermit the Frog Muppets, Miss Piggy Other, Annie Other, Arithmetic Other, Astronaut Other, Baseball in Glove Other, Boy Other, Bozo Other, Bullwinkle Other, Casper Other, Clown Other, Donkey Kong Jr. Other, Football Player Other, Girl Other, Green Hornet Other, Make-A-Face Other, Panda Bear Other, Personalized Gold Dispenser Other, Peter PEZ Other, PEZ Gun - (Pistol) Other, PEZ Space Gun - (Red or Silver) Other, Psychedelic Eye Other, Psychedelic Flower Other, Regular Dispenser Other, Spaceman (Full Figure) Peanuts, Charlie Brown Peanuts, Lucy Peanuts, Snoopy Peanuts, Woodstock Pez Pals, Bride Pez Pals, Doctor Pez Pals, Engineer Pez Pals, Fireman Pez Pals, Groom Pez Pals, Knight Pez Pals, Maharajah Pez Pals, Mexican Boy Pez Pals, Nurse Pez Pals, Pilot Pez Pals, Pirate Pez Pals, Policeman Pez Pals, Sailor Pez Pals, Sheik Pez Pals, Sheriff Pez Pals, Stewardess Pez-a-Saurs, Fly-Saur Pez-a-Saurs, He-Saur Pez-a-Saurs, I-Saur Pez-a-Saurs, She-Saur Popeye, Brutus Popeye, Olive Oyl Popeye, Popeye Smurfs, Papa Smurfs, Smurf Smurfs, Smurfette Smurfs, Smurf-Three Spooks w/Soft Heads, Air Spirit Spooks w/Soft Heads,Diabolic Spooks w/Soft Heads,Scare Wolf Spooks w/Soft Heads,Spook Spooks w/Soft Heads,Vamp Spooks w/Soft Heads,Zombi Star Wars, C-3PO Star Wars, Chewbacca Star Wars, Darth Vader Star Wars, Stormtrooper Star Wars, Yoda Super Heroes w/Soft Heads, Bat Girl Super Heroes w/Soft Heads, Batman Super Heroes w/Soft Heads, Joker Super Heroes w/Soft Heads, Penguin Super Heroes w/Soft Heads, Robin Super Heroes w/Soft Heads, Wonder Woman Super Heroes, Batman Super Heroes, Batman with Cape Super Heroes, Captain America Super Heroes, Incredible Hulk (Light and Dark Green) Super Heroes, Spiderman Super Heroes, Thor Super Heroes, Wonder Woman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Donatello Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Leonardo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Michaelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Raphael Tom and Jerry Warner Brothers, Bugs Bunny Warner Brothers, Cool Cat Warner Brothers, Daffy Duck Warner Brothers, Foghorn Leghorn Warner Brothers, Henry Hawk Warner Brothers, Merlin Mouse Warner Brothers, Petunia Pig Warner Brothers, Road Runner Warner Brothers, Speedy Gonzales Warner Brothers, Sylvester Warner Brothers, Tasmanian Devil Warner Brothers, Tweety Warner Brothers, Wylie E. Coyote Warner Brothers, Yosemite Sam Zoo, Cat Zoo, Cockatoo Zoo, Cow Zoo, Crocodile Zoo, Duckie Zoo, Giraffe Zoo, King Lion Zoo, Panther Zoo, Raven Zoo, Yappy