October 17, 2008

History Lesson: PEZ®

According to pezcentral.com in 1927 Edward Haas came up with this new peppermint candy in Austria. The word PEZ comes from the German word for peppermint (pfefferminz). It was an adult breath mint that he decided to market as an alternative for smoking. From the word pfefferminz they took the first, middle and last letter and came up with the word PEZ.

At that time PEZ was carried around in pocket tins. Then in 1948 they came out with the "easy, hygenic dispenser" that we all recognize now to be a regular PEZ. In 1952 PEZ wanted to expand their sales so they set their sights on the U.S., to make their product more appealing to Americans. They placed heads on the dispensers and marketed it for children.

To date PEZ has made about 300 different dispensers, here's some of Retro Republik's favorites:

Check out how a Retro Republik customer turned her retro bullet planter into a swanky PEZ display table by only adding a piece of glass to the top of the planter...now that's retro with a modern twist!

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