Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Pretty in Pink
But one day I walked into a Walgreens and hit the Ozzy jackpot! There on an island display was a vast array of Wizard of Oz beauty products for little girls! My heart leapt up! My pulse throbbed with Ozziness! I clasped my little hands together in Ozsome joy! And then it hit me!
Well, I went home and told my Mom I'd found something I had to have. I needed an advance on my allowance. Then I invoked the "tried and true" cry that all Oz kids use on their parents: "Someday these will be so rare and valuable! It's an investment!"
We went back and I picked out one of each (plus a couple duplicates) and put them in our shopping cart. My little sister, who had accompanied us, gave me some very strange looks. Trust me - there is nothing in the world so embarrassing as having your little sister watch you buy little girl Ozzy cosmetics when you're just turning thirteen!
The Ozzy Foaming Bath Beads gift set was a personal favorite. It came in a box that looked like a strip of film and the packets of bubble bath were presented as film frames. In the ensuing decades, the pink bubble bath powder has bled through the envelopes and discolored the pictures.
Interestingly, I have never seen any of these sets in anyone else's collection, at Oz con auctions, or even on eBay. Maybe most were bought by little girls who used them instead of little gay-boys who saved and protected them for future generations.
They were produced by the Ansehl Company of Saint Louis and each has a copyright to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for 1976. The back of each box describes the contents in an Ozzy way. Here's an example:
"The favorite bath set of everyone in the Land of Oz. Here are bath delights to make any day extra special, especially for someone you like very much. Be sure to save the beautiful, authentic motion picture scene from The Wizard of Oz. Suitable for framing."
Sigh . . . I guess if I can blog about this, I can blog about anything!