Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Wizard Of Oz

This post is my contribution to Twyla and Lindsey's The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz Gala, in honor of the 70th birthday of this classic film today. Click on over to Two Crazy Crafters blog to see more!
Like (nearly) everyone else, I love this movie! I didn't always love it, though. I remember being SO frightened by the Wicked Witch of The West that I went into my parent's bedroom to hide. Mother had to come in with the World Book Encyclopedia and attempt to explain movie special effects to me! Dorothy Gale, as played by the beloved Judy Garland:

I did grow to love it more and more as the years went by, though. Naturally, I have a piece of the original sheet music in my collection:
I bought this book about Judy's life when it came out in 1975:
And I had to have this one, too:
But it's not all about Judy - I also loved Jack Haley, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton, Billie Burke, and the Munchkins. "And Toto, too? Yes - Toto, too". This FABULOUS book was published for the 50th anniversary of the film in 1989. Oh, I just had to have it!
The rebate check that I sent away for after buying the book was so great-looking, I couldn't cash it - so I tucked it carefully away inside the book instead:
You KNOW I have the VHS - I didn't feel the need to picture that today - but I have the soundtrack CD, as well - LOVE it. When I listen to Jack Haley sing "I hear a sweet!", it melts MY heart:
I also have a music book:
And this little book I picked up at a yard sale:
Oh - and I simply cannot look at an oil can without saying "oil can" without opening my mouth. It's just a thing with me.


Tammy said... have a great collection.

I was afraid of the flying monkeys...shivers...

Happy Oz Gala Day!

Jorgelina said...

Happy Wizard of OZ Gala!
Great collection.
Magical hugs

Holly said...

Hi, Heidi Ann! what great memrobilia you have!

I wasn't afraid of the witch but I was horrified by the flying monkeys tearing apart the scarecrow! ♥

yosemite faith said...

i can see why you did not cash that rebate check - that is sooooo great!!!!! it was always on tv on sunday nights and i always had to go to church sunday night no matter what - so it was years before i got to see it -like maybe high school - so i never got scared. it is such a great movie.

parasols and maryjanes said...

Cool collection!

Annette said...

I am still totally in love with the tin man. Love T

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a great collection!

Happy Gala!

Shara said...

We love the Wizard of Oz in our family. I had Somewhee over the rainbow playing at my wedding, and my Mom had it at hers too. My Mom even has a pair of ruby slippers!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Heidi Ann, I love your oil can story, how cute! I just knew you would have some great W of O collectibles! That sheet music is great! I loved seeing everything. Thank you so much for participating in our celebration today! Twyla

Colleen said...

What a wonderful collection of Oz Memorabilia you have! This is so much fun. Take a look at my quilts!

parasols and maryjanes said...

This is a really neat gathering of Oz stuff!
Carol R

Bearly Sane said...

You obviously love books ... I love your post Heidi Ann. Wonderful memories there I bet.
Thanks for stopping by.
Fantasy & Fancy

Sassypants said...

Nice collection :)

jungle dream pagoda said...

Of course I love oz!!!....and I actually PLAYED dorothy and got to sing Somewhere over the rainbow,about 15 yrs ago!
My mom bought the rainbow book at a garage sale a few yrs back and its still waiting for me to read it!

yosemite faith said...

lots of great comments heidi ho! i also meant to mention how much i loved judy when she had her hour long show on cbs ages ago - it was sooo cool even though i was kind of young at the time i was enthralled. not really about oz but i just love judy so.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I LOVE the soundtrack too! I got as a Birthday gift several years ago and didn't appreciate it until now. Now that i'm older I love listening to it. It's great music to craft too! I think it's so neat to hear the extended songs and hear the song "Jitterbug" from the deleted scene.

Thank you for partying with us!


parasols and maryjanes said...

You have quite a wonderful collection- Thanks for sharing