Sunday, July 27, 2008

College For Appraisers Great college for potential appraisers in all areas. They have had a speaker on Wizard Of Oz at the last two major conferences they have had.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Judy Garlands Dress From Wizard Of Oz

The original dress worn by the star Judy Garland when she immortalised the character of Dorothy in the classic film masterpiece, The Wizard of Oz, sold for a staggering £140,000 at Bonhams in April 2005.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Wizard Of Oz Ray Bolger Autograph

Wizard Of Oz Ray Bolger Autograph

Wizard Of Oz Bert Lahr Autograph

Wizard Of Oz Bert Lahr Autograph

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wizard Of Oz Movie Review, circa 1939

The Wizard of Oz premiered at the Strand Theatre in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin on August 12, 1939 and Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood on August 15, 1939. The New York City premiere at Loew's Capitol Theater on August 17, 1939 was followed by a live performance with Judy Garland and her frequent film co-star Mickey Rooney. They would continue to perform there after each screening for a week, extended in Rooney's case for a second week and in Garland's to three. The movie opened nationally on August 25, 1939.
Initially, The Wizard of Oz was not considered

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Judy Garland Grave

Judy Garland Grave Marker

Judy Garlands Biography

Judy Garlands biography

L. Frank Baum Story In Newspaper

From the Creator of The Wizard of Oz, one of a series of Oz stories serialized in the newspaper, complete with illustrations. This was cut from an original paper of November 21, 1926 with a mother hen teaching her chicks. Feature is 2/3 of a full tabloid-sized sheet of paper

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Judy Garlands Death

'Over the Rainbow': Judy's Own Tragedy From Times Wire Reports
LONDON - The yellow brick road led to torment and despair and loneliness for Judy Garland. The beautiful colors of her rainbow faded with the years. She was found dead in her bathroom Sunday.
Scotland Yard ruled out foul play - the body was unmarked - and planned an autopsy later today. A Yard spokesman said it could have been from natural causes. She was 47.
Miss Garland in 1967 provided in effect, her own epitaph: "When you have lived the life I've lived, when you have loved and suffered and been madly happy and desperately sad - well, that's when you realize that you'll never be able to set it all down. . . maybe you'd rather die first."

Judy Garland singing OVER THE RAINBOW from The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz Movie, circa 1939

Judy Garland singing OVER THE RAINBOW from 1939 The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz movie

Oliver Hardy In Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, circa 1925

Wizard of Oz (1925), directed by Larry Semon, who also appears in a comic role (and featuring a young Oliver Hardy as the Tin Man), was the first major film adaptation of L. Frank Baum's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. (The film does not have the article "The" in the title; however, many sources erroneously add this.

Oliver Hardy to far left

Wizard Of Oz Illustrator William Denslows Mother Goose Book Ad

Mother Goose book ad by William Denslow (Wonderful Wizard Of Oz Illustrator), circa 1901. This is a book by Denslow and not Baum

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Mark Kirchner, World Class Binder And Conservator And Restorer Of Oz Books

Manzanar with photo by Mark Kirchner

Mark Kirchner of Newport Beach, California is a well publicized world class binder and photograher who also is a renowned Oz book (L. Frank Baum) conservator/restorer and also of other famous books.
He recently worked on a book sold for $2.5 million and has been written up across the country in magazines and newspapers and in various books. He is one of the few binders in the world that has worked on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book in the hard to find B binding. He also is a renowned photographer capturing images of Manzanar in California for over twenty five years and has made numerous pilgrimages to the site which was a Japanese intermnent camp during World War two ,of which has been a blight on American history.
He also has been trained in the world of binding by the best binders of this generation and uses old techniques and combines others to have his own unique style in conserving and or restoring books to its natural state without distracting from the books aura and originality.
To reach Mark, call Silverworks studio at 1-949-642-3280.
Manzanar photo above is copyrighted 2008 Mark Kirchner

Friday, July 4, 2008

L. Frank Baum Copyright Notice Envelope

It was author L. Frank Baum's intent to write a truly modern fairy tale, written solely to delight children of his day. He fully succeeded in creating a story in which "the wonderment and joy are retained and the heart-aches and nightmares are left out."
The copyright registration for the book on which the exhibition is based, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, has become one of the most successful and famous ever issued by the Library's Copyright Office. Since its publication in September 1900, the book has outsold all other children's books in numerous editions. It has also engendered a long series of sequels, stage plays, musicals, motion pictures, television shows, biographies of Baum, scholarly studies of the significance of the book and film, advertisements, toys, games and all sorts of Oz-related products. The Oz characters are familiar to almost everyone, and the characters and the wondrous land through which they travel are no less real for being imaginary

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Dorothy And Munchkin Village

Denslow Pictures From The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

PICTURES FROM THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZBook Description: [BAUM,L.FRANK]. PICTURES FROM THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by W. W. Denslow with a story telling the Adventures of the Scarecrow the Tin Man and the Little Girl by Thos. H. Russell. Chic: Geo. Ogilvie [1903]. 8vo, cloth backed stiff pictorial card covers, corner of rear cover crease and small rub spot , sl. soil, VG+. 1st ed. Containing 22 wonderful color plates from the Wizard by Denslow (the two other plates are actually present but used face down inside the covers). Schiller #336 writes "This rare pamphlet was the result of an unfortunate quarrel between Baum and Denslow, each claiming chief responsibility for the success of their collaboration." The color cover depicts the Scarecrow and the Tin Man as they appeared on Broadway. A scarce Oz item copy.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wizard Of Oz TV Guides

TV Guide
Issue Date: July 1-7, 2000
“The Wizard of Oz”
Set of 4 Collector's Covers:
Judy Garland as Dorothy
Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow
Jack Haley as the Tin Man
Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion