Is there a more truly timeless film than Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Technicolor triumph, THE WIZARD OF OZ? Directed by Victor Fleming – who ducked out of the Emerald City a little early to oversee GONE WITH THE WIND – the film's beauty, craft, and songs have delighted generations of children and adults, with endless more to come.
That's why we’re excited to contribute to that legacy with a new poster by artist Paul Blow and four new pins by Matt Taylor celebrating the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ.
From Mondo's Rob Jones:
“As someone who lives in a Judy Garland museum, I felt obligated to comment on Paul Blow’s wonderful work.
I adore this poster. Personally, it sums up my experience with small towns. I came from some places where ruby slippers attracted howls or sometimes rocks. What are ruby slippers in this tired metaphor? Whatever way you express yourself that attracts howls and rocks. I had the opportunity later in life to stumble into a city where the streets sparkled incarnadine with the number of ruby slippers trodding upon them. It was a relief.
I think about my home town quite a bit as it usually finds a way of making the news in some awful way. I miss it, I miss a lot about it, mostly people and the food. However, I’m still watching from a distance while wearing my ruby slippers.
I write that as it will break my heart if someone points out Dorothy doesn’t have the slippers yet at this point in the film. She had them on the whole time.”
The Wizard of Oz Screenprinted Poster. Art by Paul Blow. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. 24" x 36". Edition of 250. Ships to addresses in the United States, Japan, and US territories. Expected to ship in October. $55.
The Wizard of Oz Variant Screenprinted Poster. Art by Paul Blow. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. 24" x 36". Edition of 125. Ships to addresses in the United States, Japan, and US territories. Expected to ship in October 2020. $75.
Our new WIZARD OF OZ enamel pins are delightfully elegant badges of Oz magic, courtesy of the great and powerful Matt Taylor. Two versions of Dorothy – silver for Kansas, gold for Emerald City – plus, trusty Toto, and those iconic Ruby Slippers.
The Wizard of Oz Enamel Pins. Designed by Matt Taylor. Hard enamel. Backing: 1.5" x 2.75". Sizes: 1.47" (Dorothy). 0.75" (Toto). 0.81" (Ruby Slippers). Ships to addresses in the United States, Japan, and US territories. Expected to ship in August 2020. $10.
Both the regular and variant of Paul Blow's THE WIZARD OF OZ screenprinted poster go on sale this Thursday, August 26th, at 11AM Central time at The Drop. All four pins will be available at the same time in our Enamel Pins Collection, joining other icons of classic cinema like Universal Monsters, Mickey Mouse & Friends, and, of course, Bill & Ted.