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100 Years of Oz: A Century of Classic Images for the Wizard of Oz Collection of Willard Carroll [Hardcover]

Willard Carroll , John Fricke , Richard Glenn , Mark Hill


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26 Nov 1999
This selection of Wizard of Oz collectibles is drawn from a private collection, including lithography, photography, sheet music, stationery, costumes, film props, greeting cards, Halloween masks, programmes, puzzles and other memorabilia.'

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc (26 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556709404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556709401
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 24.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,539,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have book for Oz fanatics 28 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'll say at the outset that I'm not an Oz fanatic, but I was fascinated by the book. It contains hundreds of high grade photographs of rare and interesting posters, kids' wallpaper, toys, peanut butter jars (who knew?), programs of plays and lots of other Oz-themed art and commercial items. The text is well-written and interesting and explains the history of the books, the plays, the movies and most other exploitation of L. Frank Baum's universe, and will provide lots of little-known trivia. Oz collectors and fans will find the book indispensible, and others (like me) will find it interesting.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best pictorial of "Oz" past and present 17 Oct 2000
By Donna Stewart-Hardway - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
With Willard Carroll's Oz collection as a backdrop, John Fricke has cataloged the fabric of Frank Baum's stories of Oz. I am certain that Frank Baum could not have been aware this fabric would become a great tapestry upon which the world could identify what it meant to be human. Oz has permeated our society with its influence. It is found in our languages, our politics, human behavior, and is probably used more often as a simile than any other imagery in our language.
From the opening pages of this book to the last, the book is a compelling journey through Oz. The collection of Mr. Carroll's Oz memorabilia is so large that it is like trying to comprehend the distance between stars or that a few people actually have a billion dollars. This colligation of Oz collectibles somehow unites every civilization, geographic location, and human condition. It is one of the few things that have true universality.
After reading John Fricke's take on Oz, of course, based on Willard Carroll's collection, I am left wondering how history would be different were it not for Frank Baum's Oz?
The pictures are glorious, the layout intelligent and thoughtful-I will never see Oz in quite the same way again. John Fricke's writing is stellar. Willard Carroll's collection ---what can I say, WOW! 100 years of Oz is entertaining, educative and provides a new look at Frank Baum's Oz through the other end of the spyglass. This is a visit to a museum with a very knowledgeable guide through an unforgettable exhibit. Thanks for the tour. I'll be back again.
This book is a must for all collectors.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now THIS has EVERYTHING to do with 'Oz'! 26 May 2005
By Sam A. Milazzo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When I first saw this book years ago on "the Inernational Wizard of Oz Club", I wasn't really keen to get it (I guess the front cover looked a little too dull for me), but after seeing it in a bookstore and actually looking through it, I then knew I had to get this book, because (unlike the small "All Things Oz" collection), this book includes things OTHER than Baum's Book and MGM's Wizard, such as an unknown song from the 1904 Musical (not mentioned in "Oz: Before the Rainbow"), the Silent Films, 'Journey Back to Oz', 'The Wiz', both the Rankin Bass & Disney versions of 'Return to Oz', the 4 1987 CANADIAN-Animated Cinar Films (YES!! The mystery of their animation origin is written here!!), "the Wizard of Oz - Animated Series", "Oz Kids", the Asian "Space Adventures of Oz" TV series, "On Ice" Productions . . . it not only has all of this but also INCLUDES the most important and best of all, "The Dreamer of Oz"!! other language editions of the Oz books, and we also get a few 'Baum's Non-Oz' stuff, like his "Last Egyptian" Film and "Queen Zixi of Ix" book (plus a "Denslow's Picture Books for Children",) games/items/figurines, a few design sketches for MGM's Oz props/Emerald City and lots of other things that have to do with 'Oz' too - even though we don't get like 1-full page on info on every particular item, we still get some good information and lots of pictures too. Just like "All Things Oz", this book has lots of written information, pictures in the background/inserts and quotes from "the Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (and I'm glad to say that it doesn't have so many mistakes as "All Things Oz" does). But we also get a glimpse at some not-so pleasant Oz stuff, like the "Oz Comics for Adults" and a horrific Winged Monkey Creature Features model.

The Chapters of this book go by 10 Years (e.g. 1900's, 1910's, 1930's, 1940's, 1980's, 1990's, 2000's, etc.).

This was a pleasant surprise to find on a bookshelf (along with many other Oz books) and it was an absolute pleasure for me to buy it.

Also, what you see is a slip-on cover. The actual front cover is (an Italian poster of MGM's) Dorothy looking at the Crystal Ball and seeing the Wicked Witch of the West flying on her broomstick.

Trust me, get this book, and you'll love it - maybe even more than "All Things Oz"!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 15 Mar 2000
By Eric S. Richard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"100 Years of Oz" is a delight for everyone who has ever fallen in love with "The Wizard of Oz" (which includes just about everyone.) The success of the book lays in John Fricke's capabilities as a writer. His words are consise, thoughtful, and honest. The photographs, likewise, catch the eye like flashes of brilliant light. It is not easy to take one of America's most chershed series of books, its favorite film, and 100 years of mechandising and condense it all into one volume. Thankfully, Mr. Fricke has done that- impeccably. Buy this book today. I highly recommend it to everyone as an example of first class research. Above all, it is a time capsule of memories. Fricke will long be heralded as "Oz"'s best friend. Congratulations to all who made this book such a beautiful addition to my library.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 Years of Oz, shows why we proudly collect Oz. 5 Jan 2000
By Elaine Willingham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a collector of Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz for over 35 years, I can honestly tell you that this beautiful book takes me back to a time in my life when innocence prevailed. When there were Oz puppets attached to bottles of "Joy" and I begged my mother to buy the detergent. When Remco made that wonderful Showboat so that we could put on our own production of The Wizard of Oz. A time when the cutest glasses enticed you to buy peanut butter, even if you didn't like peanut butter. Those were happier times. Mr. Fricke and Mr. Carroll took me back to those happy, carefree, breezy days of my childhood, and now when someone asks me why I chose to collect on this subject, all I have to do is hand them this incredible book -- because the pictures speak louder and more clearly than any words ever could. It's stunning, and anyone who loves Oz and it's lure, will find this book irresistible! E. Willingham
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