Kids of all ages are certainly familiar with PEZ Candy and its unique packaging. PEZ was invented in Vienna, Austria by Eduard Haas III as an alternative to smoking. The name PEZ comes from the German word for peppermint, “PfeffErminZ” taking the P from the first letter, E from the middle and Z from the last letter to form the word now iconic brand name, PEZ.
In 1952, PEZ came to the United States and built the first candy manufacturing facility in Orange, CT.
Originally packaged in pocket-sized tins, inventor Oscar Uxa patented a small mechanical box for dispensing the the candy, which had already become very popular. The original dispenser held the same number of tablets (12) as today! In 1956, PEZ introduced the unique dispenser called the space gun, and in 1957, the distinctive three-dimensional character head was affixed to the top of the dispenser. The Halloween Witch was the first traditional character head dispenser in 1957.
The company continued to grow and innovate, adding new features to the product through each succeeding decade. In 1978, interchangeable rubber head character dispensers went on the market. In 1987, small tabs were added to the bottom of the dispenser base to help it stand upright. (These tabs are referred to in the collector community as ‘feet’ and help determine year and value of vintage dispensers.)
No icon of pop culture was neglected: Popeye, Tweety Bird, Star Wars, and Mickey Mouse, among many others, have all made appearances atop a PEZ dispenser.
Besides standing for peppermint, PEZ has also distinguished itself by its slow and steady progress. Year by year, decade by decade, new elements were designed and marketed with tremendous success. While many industries have clearly demonstrated growth, some services progress slowly and steadily, building upon itself year by year, innovation by innovation, until their ability to service their customers is as fine-tuned as a luxury vehicle.
The locksmith and security sector has grown in leaps and bounds throughout the years. From a simple bolt and key, the technology has kept pace and locksmiths are able to provide far more services than they had in the past. Many people think that all they do is fix broken locks and get you back into your house or car after you’ve been locked out.
This is all true, but companies such as Sure Lock&Key have far outgrown that old-fashioned image. Security services have expanded exponentially. Along with traditional “lock and key” repair and replace, your local locksmith can now offer access control, CCTV, duplication and production of smart, chip, fob and transponder keys and other access devices.
Sure Lock & Key’s 24-hour mobile vans are equipped with the state-of-the-art tools and technology necessary to get into most locked doors, vehicles and storefront lockouts.
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