Film & TV
Mid -1950s Regular
Full-bodied Santa, 1955
Original Witch A, 1957
Santa A variation
Another Santa A variation
Popeye A, late 1950s
Cocoa Marsh premium
1950s Cocoa Marsh, metallic stem on left
Early Santa dispensers: B, A, Full-bodied, A
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1950s Vintage Era PEZ
These dispensers speak for themselves. Be sure to visit Anatomy Circus for more about stem variations and early character heads. Shown at top are a vintage regular and full-body Santa that predate the character heads, followed by classic late 1950s holiday dispensers, the first licensed characters, and the Cocoa Marsh drink mix premium.
1950s Bunny A and Bunny B (2.6 Austria)
Die-cut Casper, 1960 (2.6 Austria)
Die-cut Donald Duck, 1961 (2.6 Austria)
Die-cut Mickey Mouse, 1961 (2.6 Austria)
Die-cut Bozo, 1961 (2.6 Austria)
Santa B, early 1960s (2.6 Austria)
Clown with Collar, 1961 (2.6 Austria)
Popeye B, 1960 (2.6 Austria)
Mickey Mouse with die-cut face (2.6 Austria)
Pinocchio A, 1962 (2.6 Austria)
Die-cut face Dopey, late 1960s (2.6 Austria)
Die-cut face Snow White, 1967 (2.6 Austria)
Universal Monsters Frankenstein (3.9 Austria)
Practical Pig A 1965, missing inner spring (2.6 Austria)
Lil Bad Wolf, 1965 (3.9 Austria)
Translucent stem Donald Duck, 1961 (3.4 Austria)
Zorro with logo, 1965 (2.6 Austria)
Fat-Eared Bunny, 1963 (3.9 Yugoslavia shown)
Sailor Monkey (2.6 Austria)
Lil' Lion (3.9 Austria)
Pluto, 1963 (2.6 Austria, shown)
Pluto with rare "Hecho en Mexico" stem
Boy - Pezpal (3.9 Austria)
"Mexican" Pezpal, 1960s (2.6 Austria)
Green Hornet with small hat, late 1960s (2.6 Austria)
Batman, late 1960s (3.9 Hong Kong)
Wide-face Mickey, center, has a rare DBP "Yugoslavia Stem
Donlad Duck variations. Note molding and details.
Pluto variations - Yellow stem is rare "Hecho en Mexico"
Fat-Eared Bunny variations
Original Tinkerbell (2.6 Austria)
Captain Hook(3.9 Austria)
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1960s Classic Dispensers
Most of these are easily recognizable. The top row features four of the five die-cut dispensers that were made. Notice the various hand-painted features on some, and the simplicity of die-cut faces on others. Frankenstein is part of a trio of Universal Monsters I hope to one day own. Zorro was a promotional piece for the Walt Disney production of the same name.
My vintage dispensers are listed by the year they were first produced, though some may have been issued over a period of years. For example, Donald Duck (A-E) and Fat-Eared Bunny variations were produced well into the 1980s. My Donalds include a rare DBP (Deutsches Bundes Patent), and a translucent blue stem variation. Also of note is Mickey Mouse with a DBP "Made in Yugoslavia" stem.
Maharaja Pezpal (3.4 no country listed)
Girl A, Pezpal (3.9 Austria)
Policeman Pezpal (3.9 Hong Kong)
Fireman Pezpal (2.6 Austria)
Pirate (rare Yugoslavia "Half Flowers" stem)
Original Captain America w/blue mask (3.9 Austria)
Spider man w/removable eyes (3.9 Hong Kong)
Hulk - Dk. Green (3.9 Hong Kong)
Hulk Lt. Green - 1980s? (3.9 Hong Kong)
Santa C -Various (see below)
Rudolph - also Bambi without red nose (3.9 Austria)
Snowman (3.9 Jugoslavia)
Snowman - black stem & hat variation
Christmas Angel (2.6 Austria)
Chick in Egg with Hat (3.9 Austria)
Chick in Egg with hat (see variations below)
Chick in Egg with more rare color variation
Lamb A (see variations below)
3-Piece Witch with rare color variation (2.6 Aust.)
3-Piece Witch with rare USA stem
3-Piece witch variation (see variations below)
Mr. Ugly variation (3.4 Austria - see others below)
One-Eyed Monster (3.4 Austria)
Original Skull variation (see others below)
Octopus, rare USA (3.8) stem
Clown with Long Face (3.4 Austria)
Original Peter Pez (3.9 Hong Kong)
Mimic the Monkey (3.4 Austria)
Yappy Dog (3.9 Austria)
Cow A (3.9 Austria)
Elephant with Hat (3.9 Austria)
Cockatoo ("Made In Austria", no patent stem)
Panda 1 of 2 (3.9 Austria)
Cat With Derby (3.9 Hong Kong)
Cow B (3.4 Austria)
Rooster variation (3.4 Austria - see variations below)
Yellow Head Rooster (3.9 Austria) see variations below
Raven with short beak (3.4 Austria)
Indian Chief (2.6 Austria)
Sylvester - rare blue head (see variations below)
Tweety - note removable eyes (3.9 Austria)
Bugs Bunny - one of several (3.9 Hong Kong)
Speedy Gonzales (3.9 Hong Kong)
Daffy Duck with split beak (3.9 Hong Kong)
Jiminy Cricket (2.6 Austria)
Mickey Mouse "A" with removable nose (3.9 Austria)
Mickey Mouse "A" (2.6 Austria) note paint variations
Scrooge McDuck (3.9 Austria)
Original Duck Nephew - green hat ("Made in Austria")
Original Duck Nephew - blue hat (3.9 Austria)
Goofy "B" with removable teeth/ears (3.9 Austria)
Goofy "C" with removable ears (3.9 Austria)
Dumbo (3.9 Austria)
Chip ("Made in Austria - no patent)
Winnie the Pooh (3.4 Austria)
Thumper - no copyright variation (3.4 Yugoslavia)
Common Chick in Egg with stem variations
Chick in Egg variations... and counting!
Lamb Variations. Note the variations in hand-painted details
Mr. Ugly variations. Always looking for more!
Santa "C" or "Blind Santa" variations
3-Piece Witches. Red/stem hair w/black hat is most common
Rooster variations. Still looking for rare Green Head!
Goofy B and C comparison
1980s thin-footed Pooh and vintage Pooh
Vintage Sylvester Variations
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1970s Era Vintage
As you can see by the number of dispensers, the 1970s was a banner decade for new releases and updates - and my collection is just a portion of the many different sets that were released.
From holiday dispensers, to licensed characters, to Pezpals, there is a lot to be found, and a lot of variations as well. Many of the well-known characters shown here will be featured in upcoming galleries with their later releases, including many of the superheroes shown. Some of my favorites are the Circus and other animal variations that were made during this decade.
As you browse the 1970s galleries - and the variations photos in particular - note the use of small parts on some dispensers, as well as the hand-painted details that were applied by homeworkers. The term "removable" refers to any part that could be removed with a little effort, and of course these would eventually be replaced by dispensers with solid molded or painted details. Needless to say, finding an older dispenser with all its small parts still intact can be part of the challenge of collecting.
Jack-O-Lantern - (3.9 Austria)
Annie - limited promo for film (3.9 Austria)
Smurf (3.9 Austria) footed versions soon followed
Mickey Mouse "B" (3.9 Hong Kong). One of two.
Wonder Woman (3.9 Austria)
Foghorn Leghorn (3.9 Austria)
Henery Hawk (3.9 Austria)
Petunia Pig (3.9 Austria)
Road Runner (3.9 Austria)
Wile E Coyote (3.9 Austria) pink stem.
Merry Music Maker Pig (3.9 Austria)
Merry Music Maker Lamb (3.4 Austria)
Merry Music Maker Dog (3.9 Austria)
Merry Music Maker Camel (3.9 Austria)
Merry Music Maker Duck (2.6 Austria) cracked : (
Foghorn and Henery together. Footed variations exist.
Wile E Coyote red stem and "green" head (left)
Merry Music Maker 2.6 Austria (left) and pink stem (right)
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1980s Vintage PEZ
As detailed on the Anatomy Circus page, the late 1980s marks the end of the vintage era with the introduction of "footed" dispensers.
Hence, it's not uncommon to find both non-footed and footed releases of the same character. Still, collectors regard the non-footed counter-part as definitively "vintage," though clearly there are also collectible dispensers with feet, including the 1980s and well into the next two decades.
One interesting footnote is that the 1980s also showed a significant slow down in the number of releases, compared to the previous decade.
The Merry Music Makers - or whistles - show here on the third row, will be featured in an upcoming gallery of that series that includes several more "footed" releases.
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