Salem, Mass, New York, London: Parker Brothers, Inc., 1921. Item #04652
The Original Oz board Game in the Original Cardboard Box
BAUM, L. Frank. The Wonderful Game of Oz. Salem, Mass, New York, London: Parker Brothers, Inc., 1921.
The Original Oz board Game (board copyrighted 1921) in the original cardboard box.
Top of box with a superb chromolithographed color plate showing Dorothy standing in front of the Tin Man and next to the Scarecrow. The Scarecrow is sitting on the back of the Cowardly Lion with Oz in the background. Two original rectangular cardboard 'box' dividers and also a smaller rectangular cardboard box containing a 'fluted' wooden barrel, with all six of the wooden dies, all four of the wooden tokens and the complete four-page instruction booklet and one-page supplement. The box lid sides (flaps) show a little wear and have been neatly repaired or strengthened, otherwise a near fine and complete example. With a contemporary (1921) pencil inscription on inside of box lid "George F. Hugel / Xmas 1921."
A fabulous game board that measures 19" square when opened. This is a near fine example of the game, hard to find complete.
Early issue with the cover illustration repeated on the game board (board copyrighted 1921) and with side panels of the box lid measuring 1 inch in depth but with wooden dies instead of the earliest pewter pieces.
The Wonderful Game of Oz was a noteworthy example of Oz promotional merchandise, an Oz-themed board game manufactured by Parker Brothers. It was first sold to the public in 1921 and remained on the market until at least 1939. The playing board was a large map of Oz, lithographed in color, with the Yellow Brick Road passing over it. Players moved figurines along the Road according to their throw of a die. In the earliest versions of the game, the figurines were pewter representations of the Oz characters — Dorothy Gale, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto. Later versions replaced the pewter with less-expensive wooden pieces. The game was equipped with a dice cup, and a die that bore the letters W, I, Z, A, R, and D on its faces.
Later versions of Oz board games were issued by Milton Bradley, E.E. Fairchild, and the Lowe Company, among others.