|Country of Origin:
There is a little number in the corner of the stem of
your dispenser! This number shows what country the pez was made
|1 Hungary - Austria
2 Austria - Hong Kong
3 Hungary - Austria
5 Slovenia - Yugoslavia
6 China - Hong Kong
Various changes in designs over the years has
resulted in several different patent numbers. This makes it
relatively easy to determine an age range of the PEZ dispenser.
Since the numbers are in the millions, it has become easier to
describe the differences with just the 1st 2 numbers (3.9 instead of
|2,620,061 - patented Dec. 2, 1952
3,410,455 - patented Nov. 12, 1968
3,432,074 - patented Mar. 11, 1969
3,845,882 - patented Nov. 5, 1974
3,942,683 - patented Mar. 9, 1976
4,966,305 - patented Oct. 30, 1990
5,984,285 - patented Nov. 16, 1999
|PEZ Display Stability:
Feet vs No Feet: When PEZ dispensers
first appeared, they had no feet. Adding feet was an innovation that
allowed the dispensers to be more easily displayed. The first
feet were added in 1987 and were rather thin and are now known as "Thin feet".
Subsequent designs have made the feet much thicker. See below...
The thickness difference is obvious.
|Trucks and Hearts have never had feet.
Trucks are displayed flat "on their wheels" and have no
need for feet. To describe trucks as having "no feet" is
Hearts are often used in fancy baskets and the
feet make it difficult for basket arrangers - thus the feet were
left off and remain off to this day.