Today was an awesome day in California. I was on my own again so I did some more exploring. My first stop after dropping off JP in Cuppertino I headed to Sunnyside to check out the Fruit Cocktail Water Tower. It was the water tower for the old Libby’s cannery, which legend says, is where fruit cocktail was invented. The tower is probably about 150 up in the air, with the ‘can’ about 25 feet tall, 15 feet across. When the cannery was torn down, the water tower was spared. The city named it a local historical landmark. I’ve been told the Federal Aviation Administration also stressed the importance of the landmark, citing its use as a navigational landmark. It was located in an office park and I could not see it from the road because of the trees.
The next thing I did was head to Starbucks and grab BofC for a drive up to Burlingame to The Museum of Pez Memorabilia. I had to fight a little bit of traffic because I was headed toward San Francisco but here is me and BofC.
But I made it!
Per RoadsideAmerica: Gary and Nancy Doss, who have been collecting Pez dispensers for over twenty years, are surprised how it has taken over their lives. Originally the owners of a computer retail and repair business, they set up their personal Pez collection as a diversion for customers. Word spread, and collectors started calling from all over in search of dispensers. The computers eventually got squeezed out. Today, the couple can barely pull themselves away from piles of shipping boxes that help feed the giant global Pez collectors market. The collection, behind glass displays, includes all 550+ characters Pez ever made (they first attached heads on their novel candy dispensers in 1958). Gary or a family member conducts a brief tour to help visitors understand what they’re seeing — the rows of tiny heads can be intimidating. He chronicles the early history of the Pez company, and shows various product successes and failures over the years. One case displays plastic toy guns, spring-loaded to fire Pez pellets across a room. Does Pez candy go bad? Not according to our Pez expert, who guesses the shelf life to be at least 25 years.
The rarest PEZ is this “Make A Face” from the 1970’s. It was pulled off the market due to the small parts that kids could swallow. If you have one in a package it is worth about $5,000 today.
Check out this awesome candy machine. I want one!!
This is what the original PEZ looked like. In the beginning it was in a tin kinda like Altoids.
It was aimed toward adults before the dispensers were fun.
Here is the gun PEZ that was mentioned above. Sounds safe, right?
There was so much to look at.
They even have a bunch of signed PEZ. Check out Stan Lee’s PEZ.
I could have stood infront of those display cases forever.
Who would pay $535 for a PEZ?
On my recent trips I have been sending postcards to certain people. Before this trip I had only sent them to Marlene & Busia but today I decided to expand to some of my other favorite people.