“Forgotten Hollywood”- Kansas By Way of Maine…

Posted on October 14, 2013 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   To coincide with the anniversary of MGM’s  classic motion picture, The Wizard of Oz, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine opened the exhibition The Wonderful World of Oz over the weekend. The exhibit, drawn from the world’s most comprehensive collection of Oz materials, will run through March 2014 in the Crosman Gallery.

   L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz became an instant sensation upon its publication. Translated into hundreds of foreign languages, the Land of Oz was a worldwide phenomenon. The Wizard of Oz story is enjoying a resurgence this year with the release of the 1939 movie in 3-D, and the approach of the movie’s 75th anniversary. Oz the Great and Powerful, the prequel was released this year; and Wicked continues to run on Broadway.
   Included in the Farnsworth exhibition will be the most complete surviving costume (worn by the green Lollipop Guild Munchkin); one of Dorothy’s pinafores and blouses; examples of the many illustrated versions of Baum’s books (including the finest known copy of the first edition, first state green imprint of Baum’s initial book in the series); rare or one-of-a-kind posters from the various motion picture and stage productions; a flying monkey made of hard rubber, and only nine inches tall; and an array of Oz memorabilia from the Willard Carroll / Tom Wilhite Collection.

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