ORANGE, CT, September 5, 2012 - PEZ Candy, Inc. today announced that one of the rarest dispensers in the world, the political donkey dispenser, is now on display at the company’s Visitor Center in Orange, CT.
This special dispenser is one of only two political donkey dispensers known to exist. It dates back to a photo and press release created by PEZ in 1961 describing a gift to President John F. Kennedy. A special case with three dispensers, including the Democratic donkey head dispenser was presented to him during his visit to Vienna Austria, where PEZ was first marketed. The actual press release and photos are also on display at the PEZ Visitor Center.
The first example of this dispenser was found in the mid-2000s in a storage box in the PEZ offices in Linz Austria. It is currently on display in their corporate offices in Europe. The dispenser on display now was found in July 2012 by a young man in New York who was helping clean out items in his grandfather’s house. His grandfather was given the donkey by the Vice President of PEZ back in the early 1960s.
The family has agreed to loan the dispenser to the Visitor Center through the month of September so it can be displayed and enjoyed before it is put up for auction. Pre-auction estimates by collectors have speculated the dispenser will sell in the $12,000 - $15,000 range!
The PEZ Visitor Center is located at 35 Prindle Hill Road, Orange, CT 06477 and is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am - 6:00pm and on Sunday from 12:00 - 5:00pm and has a special holiday schedule.