Friday, October 24, 2014

Bon Voyage

The base illustration for this card -- again by John R. Neill -- is again from the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman entry in Baum's Little Wizard Stories of Oz. The photograph underneath the passport is of Fred G. Stone, the original Scarecrow on the Broadway stage, in full make-up. Stone reprised the role in a couple of silent movies produced by Baum's own Oz Film Mfg. Co. None of Mr. Baum's Oz movies are great classics of the cinema, but they do capture an eerie side of Oz not realized in other, more sophisticated adaptations. 

Safe voyage to you!

-- Freder.