Many Oz tchotchke collectors have a fondness for the dozens and dozens of Wizard of Oz ornaments and memorabilia that have been issued by Hallmark Cards. But perhaps one of the earliest is this little-known set of Emerald City stationery.
It seems like few Oz collectors are even aware of it, and I have yet to see it turn up on eBay or an Oz club auction. But in any case, here it is in today's blog. I think it's very attractive!
I love the illustration. While the image is clearly inspired by the MGM Emerald City, it was not an MGM licensing deal, but a Hallmark produced original. The artwork on the folder is signed "R. Hass." There is no copyright date on the set, but I believe I got it around 1979 after hearing about it from long-time Oz Club secretary Fred Meyer. I immediately sat down with the yellow pages and called every Hallmark store in Albuquerque (where I grew up), asking if they had a set - only one store did, and they had only one set.
Inside the handsome folder (shown above) were envelopes in two different shades of green and sixteen pieces of printed Emerald City writing paper (shown below).
The downside of e-mail is we don't see much Ozzy stationery anymore. But then again, I obviously didn't use my set for writing letters! Go figure!
Our sale of the week features all three of our Wonderland of Oz titles at 20% off! Hungry Tiger Press has been restoring this long-lost comic strip and we currently have three volumes available: The Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, and The Emerald City of Oz. Click on any of the titles to take a look!