Jay Scarfone and William Stillman

Jay Scarfone and William Stillman

WilliamStillmanJayScarfoneEditJay Scarfone and William Stillman are co-authors of multiple, indispensable Oz reference books, including The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History (1989, with John Fricke), The Wizard of Oz Collector’s Treasury (1992), The Wizardry of Oz: The Artistry and Magic of the 1939 MGM Classic (1999), and The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion (2013). They also co-wrote a pop-up book version of MGM’s Wizard of Oz in 2000. Scarfone and Stillman have amassed one of the largest and most important Oz collections anywhere, and have been consultants to major auction houses, private collectors, and important exhibits dealing with Oz artifacts.

For a number of years, Scarfone and Stillman helped organize the International Wizard of Oz Club’s Munchkin Convention. They located and brought to the event the late Donna Stewart-Hardway, a child Munchkin in the 1939 film; Caren Marsh-Doll, Judy Garland’s stand-in for that movie; and the late Evelyn Copelman, who illustrated new editions of The Wizard of Oz and The Magical Monarch of Mo in the 1940s.

From 1996 to 2000, Stillman served as editor-in-chief of The Baum Bugle, overseeing the publication of several important articles. Scarfone has been on the Oz Club’s Board of Directors. The pair received the Munchkin Award in 1999 and the Judy Garland Museum Achievement Award in 2005.

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  1. I have recently come into knowledge of the existence of the Phaeton carriage that Dorothy rides in whe she arrives in Munchkin land and is taken to the yellow brick road. It is the original that was owned by Volney Phifer of MGM fame. The present owners have asked me to reach out to see if this is something that the Smithsonian would be interested in? It is in a barn/ garage under tarp. I have pictures

  2. Are you looking for our help in identifying a contact at the Smithsonian, or exploring other options for the owner? There are certainly auction houses specializing in entertainment memorabilia that would be interested. And the museum that’s being constructed in Los Angeles for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences might be interested. The smaller Oz-focused museums would no doubt be thrilled with a loan or donation, but from my personal perspective I would not expect either of them to be in any position to purchase a piece like this. My direct email is Ozisus@aol.com. I’d be happy to share ideas with you further. Jane Albright IWOC president

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