Happy Holidays from the Oz Club

Our holiday mailing arriving in members’ homes now.  Please see everything included and act on those that need your attention.

The holiday card was created by Mark Manley. You’ll find more of his artwork in both The Baum Bugle and The Oz Gazette. Nick Campbell, editor of The Oz Gazette, has written an original short story to accompany the card. Enjoy!

There’s a letter from me recapping some of the highlights of our 2018 membership year, as well as a membership renewal form and return envelope to our Michigan mailing address.  I hope you’ll join us for 2019!  (With zero permission from our Baum Bugle editor to leak anything, I’ll just vaguely suggest that Ruby Slipper fans won’t want to miss the Spring 2019 issue….)  We didn’t include a gift membership form, so if you’d like to give the gift of membership, either copy your form or use the website, Shop.OzClub.org, to join. Completely my mistake as I was the one who oversaw printing and distribution this year.

Your ballot for to vote for directors also is included with its own return envelope to the home of our Vice President, Ryan Bunch. Ryan chairs our nominating committee and is responsible for counting votes and reading any comments on those ballots that might come his way.

Last and certainly not least, the mailing includes fliers for Oz, The National Convention outside New Orleans in June, and for OzCon International, which will be held in Pomona, California, again this summer.

This holiday mailing and the Autumn Baum Bugle are arriving pretty closely together. We are working get the Bugle back on track; I anticipate Winter will mail in January ’19, with the 2019 membership issues mailing on schedule. We will likely include another renewal form in the Winter issue since many members don’t renew until they have it in hand, and we’ll follow that ahead of the spring issue with an email to 2018 members who have not yet joined for 2019.

Oz travels? Take your passport

A small Oz Passport appeared on the market some years back. It’s intended as a little pocket notebook, selling for $3-$6 depending on where you find it.

But a pocket notebook isn’t quite enough for Oz fans. We go Oz places. We see Oz productions. We have Oz adventures. Those passports should get filled up with Oz destinations and events.

Today the Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas, All Things Oz in Chittenango, NY, and the Land of Oz Museum in Wausaukee, Wisconsin, all have rubber stamps to stamp visitor passports.  We had one at the Club’s 2017 convention, and at OzCon International this past summer.

Help us grow the effort! Contact organizers of Oz events in your area and encourage them to offer a unique rubber stamp or sticker to mark Oz Passports. Carry yours when you go to an Oz event and ask if they can stamp it for you. If not, tape in your ticket stubs or appeal to a VIP guest for their signature; think outside the box to ensure your Oz passport captures your memories.

Looking back on Oz trips you’ve taken, how fun would it be to have recorded them all in a passport?  We can’t turn back time, but there are ample adventures ahead. With a bit of team effort, we Ozians can make this a fun activity for passport carriers.


Beyond Oz: the Club’s 2019 calendar

The Oz Club’s calendar for 2019 celebrates our publication of Bibliographia Baumiana in two ways.  Images and textual points from Baum non-Oz books used in the calendar come from the new collector’s guide. And each month a different collector shares the story behind how they came to have that month’s featured book.

Oz and Baum book collecting emerged early the Oz Club’s history as a common interest of most Club members.  The Baum Bugle frequently provided bibliographic details of different books that establish publishing priority; details that clarified first and other editions. Because Baum’s publishers rarely indicated printing history on copyright pages, these details could only be found through extensive comparison of any given book. Dick Martin, David L. Greene, James E. Haff are credited with much of the earliest bibliographic work, which Douglas G. Greene and Peter E. Hanff expanded upon to publish Bibliographia Oziana in 1976. As more information was found, a revised edition was published in 1988.

Thirty years later, Bibliographia Baumiana is now available, too. This book (details here) establishes the publishing history of all L. Frank Baum’s non-Oz books. W. Neal “Bill” Thompson is responsible for making this happen, building on earlier research by Peter Hanff and the late Patrick Maund.

But back to the topic at hand; our 2019 calendar. Each year we pick a different theme for the calendar and this year Bib Baum was the hands-down favorite.

I solicited a dozen collectors about the copies of these books in their collections, and asked them to share their stories.  We have Peter Hanff finding a Denslow-inscribed Father Goose: His Book decades ago, and Bob Baum loaning his inscribed copy of Mother Goose in Prose to the set of DREAMER OF OZ.  Bill Campbell found his first edition Sky Island in its dust jacket at an antique show.  Anne Corner’s John Dough and the Cherub has been passed through her family for generations. (Anne lives in Austria now, but her husband is from Wamego, Kansas, home of the Oz Museum!) Gifts, bargain buys, and the sense of triumphant discovery mark each story, making it an inspiring read.

As in past years, the dates in the calendar include all the trivia I could find tied to the theme. (By they way, sorry about that text block slip in June!)

The Oz Club calendar is not available for sale. It is our gift, with great thanks, to those who join the Club at membership rates of $100 or more. Thank you, again, to those supporters, as well as to those who contributed their stories, helped with proofreading, or otherwise contributed to the completion of the calendar.  Top of that list? Bill Thompson, who’s incredible work on Bibliographia Baumiana will serve as an invaluable resource to Baum collectors as far into the future as any of us can see.