The OZ Museum, Part Two
|These wonderful scenes are interspersed around The OZ Museum. |
The enormous Tin Man greets you in the gift shop/lobby and is signed by Roger S. Baum.
Part Two about our visit to The OZ Museum in Wamego, KS.Not surprisingly, a large bulk of The OZ Museum is devoted to memorabilia from the 1939 MGM film classic, The Wizard of Oz. It starts with the life size Dorothy you see above, and continues throughout the museum.
|Just some of memorabilia related to the movie, including autographs, dolls, magazine articles,|
books, posters, busts, and snow globes.
Of course, the 1939 film was not the first Oz movie. The first film version was made in 1910! Baum himself formed The Oz Film Manufacturing Company, which operated in 1914-1915. (You can see some films on YouTube: here, here, and here.) The 1925 film version, which bears little resemblance to anything in the Baum books, is best known today for featuring Oliver Hardy as the Tin Man, prior to his pairing with Stan Laurel.
|Big Sis stops to watch a bit of an early Oz silent.|
|Big Sis called me over to this doll very excitedly. This display featured Dorothy and|
Judy Garland memorabilia. "Mom, look! This Dorothy has silver slippers! Like the book!"
There are quite a few artifacts and awesomeness devoted to the Munchkins, and the little people who played them. Some of the Munchkin players came to OZtoberfest in Wamego in 2006. (As of today, only three Munchkins are still alive. Time marches on...)
|A Lollipop Guild figurine signed by Jerry Maren, who today is the only surving male Munchkin|
from the cast.
|These gloves were worn in 1948 by Nita Krebs, one of the Lullabye League Munchkins.|
|There is a collection of Munchkin player hand and footprints, both inside|
and outside The OZ Museum.
|Of course, there is a screening room, where you can sit and watch the movie for a while.|
Televisions around the museum run the aforementioned silent, a documentary about L. Frank Baum,
and a documentary about the movie.
The 1939 film was not the last Oz-related adaptation, either. The museum devotes a little space to those, too.
|This case features memorabilia from the 1990 CBS made-for-television movie|
"The Dreamer of Oz," starring John Ritter as L. Frank Baum, Annette O'Toole
as his wife, Maud, and Rue McClanahan as Maud's feminist mother-in-law, Matilda Joslyn Gage.
|"The Dreamer of Oz" stuff shared space with memorabilia from "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" (ABC, 2005).|
One of the girls' favorite cases was devoted entirely to the 1985 Disney theatrical release Return to Oz, starring a very young Fairuza Balk as Dorothy. I still remember seeing this one in a movie theater in Oklahoma on a family trip. My sister and I liked to play "Princess Mombie" with our Barbies. We'd pull the heads off a bunch of dolls, put them on a Barbie boutique shopping rack, and have one doll change her head. My sister loaned the movie to the girls when Little Sis was still very small, around the time Big Sis and I were still reading the Baum books. It took Little Sis a very long time to give the 1939 film a try. She loved Return to Oz. She does love her dark and creepy stuff, and this movie is pretty dark and creepy. Plus, she liked the fact that Dorothy really was a little girl, as opposed to a teenager.
|We actually own that yellow paperback, Return to Oz: Dorothy in the Ornament Rooms.|
|Near the end of the museum, just before you return to the gift shop, is a case|
containing stuff related to the Broadway musical Wicked and the stage and film
versions of The Wiz.
Not pictured: a ton of new official merchandise in the gift shop pertaining to Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful. No, I haven't seen it yet. I'm still debating whether or not I want to. I'm picky like that.
Part Three is right here. And if you missed Part One, here you go.
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