Tue, Nov 13 2012 06:46
Burlingame Pez Museum of Pez Memorabilia
|Strawberry, please! Or, lemon.|
With a long and colorful history, Pez is arguably the coolest thing to come out of Austria besides "The Sound of Music" and Arnold Schwarzenneger (and that second one is questionable).
What began as a breath mint in the 1920s had evolved into an aid to quit smoking by the late 1940s. Ironically, the first dispensers at that time resembled cigarette lighters. Go figure.
During the 1950s, Pez dispensers resembled toy guns, Santa, and even robots. By the end of the decade, the standard dispenser we've grown to love was designed and today you can tilt back the heads of barnyard animals, Hello Kitty or Chewbacca to access that famous candy pellet.
At the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia, you'll find more vintage Pez dispensers than you can imagine, along with new merchandise, artwork and "The World's Largest Pez Dispensing Machine" standing at almost 8 feet! That's going to be your best photo opportunity in Burlingame - believe me.
Still nostalgic? The museum was expanded a few years ago to include the Classic Toy Museum. A half hour with a Whee-lo should help you come down from that sugar high.