Oz in the News 8.9.14

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‘Wizard of Oz’ collections grow  Swinging open the doors to Melodie Foreman’s spare bedroom in Independence, Mo., feels like that moment Dorothy Gale steps out of her black-and-white world. Foreman’s “Wizard of Oz” collection floods the room with color, floor to ceiling. Now if only it didn’t take her and her husband, Greg, two days to dust all that stuff. “It’s a freakin’ nightmare,” said the longtime Oz fan. (So was the cleanup after one of her bottles of Oz-themed red wine blew its cork.) Foreman jokingly calls the collecting an “illness,” but in the world of Oz enthusiasts, there are those more seriously afflicted. More than 800 collectors belong to the International Wizard of Oz Club, which gives fans an annual excuse to wear their red-sequined Converse shoes and buy each other’s stuff.

 

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