Here are a few more bits and pieces from Geppi’s Entertainment Museum. The Pez dispensers alone are worth the trip!
This toy guitar, manufactured in the UK, is listed by sellers on Ebay as high as $1500.
Remember when music came on 45s and LPs? And when the really special records (or really cheesy ones, I never could decide) were on colored plastic? This record features music by by Ken Maynard, a rodeo and trick rider who performed with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show before moving into silent movies in the 1920s. Maynard was of a musical bent — he played several instruments — and became one of Hollywood’s first “singing cowboys.” He made more than 90 films in two decades, starting with “The Man Who Won” in 1923.
Remember when your music player had to be carried around by a handle, instead of slipped conveniently into your pocket? This Michael Jackson turntable from 1984 lists for as little as $88 and as much as $450 on Ebay.
Here are just a few of a long line (literally) of Pez dispensers behind glass at the Geppi museum. The Austrian candies were named “Pez” as a short term for Pfefferminz, the German word for peppermint, which was the original flavor when the candies were first designed in 1927. Pez were first considered a breath mint and were marketed as an alternative to smoking. By the mid-1950s, when Pez first started selling its candies in novelty dispensers, the marketing focus had switched to children — although, of course, plenty of adults love them today.