October 21, 2009

Pez sweet dispensers

I remember having Pez dispensers as a child, but it wasnt until we planned a trip to The States that I was aware there was a Pez museum!

Sadly we never made it to the museum, but my interest in these strange sweet dispensers was revived, and ever since Ive always picked them up along our travels.

Theres a very good Pez flickr group , with nearly 900 pictures and over 158 members

The name Pez came from German word for peppermint.(PfeffErminZ). While the sweets were invented in 1927. It wasnt untill around 1950 that the first dispenser appeared. There have since been over 550 different dispensers.

Curiously the Austrian manufacturer of Pez are suing the museum in Burlingame, seeking all profits from the museum's 14 years of operation. Makes no sense to me!

October 20, 2009

Peribi Mouse Pencil sharpener

This fabulous little mouse pencil sharpener was made in Spain by Peribi. He has a flip top lid and wheels and may have once dispensed sellotape too! Sadly I couldnt find out anymore about him or the Peribi company. He looks to me like he dates from the late seventies. The hole to sharpen your pencil is strategically placed in the poor mouses rear end! Ouch!

While you cant buy these anymore, it looks like the guys at Sharp End have taken the idea a stage further.

October 09, 2009

Wooden zoo animals

More joy ! this time from a Jumble sale in South Wales! Under the table, amongst some Fisher Price Little People, these fantastic wooden zoo animals. Its been a while since Ive been to a jumble sale, and I have to say it was all a bit frantic!

There are no stamps or markings, on the animals so I cant tell you much more about them. Although the Hippo reminds me of Roger Duvoisins character, Veronica.

They all looked very pleased about something. I hope its about finding a new home!