Additional Images for The Wogglebug Game


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The Wogglebug Game of Conundrums Playing Cards
The Wogglebug Game of Conundrums. Salem, Mass.: Parker Bros., Inc., 1905.

Pictured here are examples of the Woggle–Bug's silly questions, and the corresponding answer cards for the game. Popular Culture themes of the time were referenced, as seen in the answer to "What was Adam's favorite popular song?"

It is unfortunate that the colorful design of the box cover did not extend to the playing cards. As this was an unauthorized game, Parker Brothers might have found it too difficult to reproduce Neill's stylish illustrations past the images of the Woggle–Bug and Jack Pumpkinhead on the box cover.


The Marvelous Land of Oz p.143
L. Frank Baum, illustrated by John R. Neill. The Marvelous Land of Oz. Chicago: Reilly & Britton, 1904.

"The Stranger removed his hat with a flourish"

The Woggle–Bug makes his first appearance in the Land of Oz. Young readers found familiar characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, such as the Tin Man and the Scarecrow, as well as the new characters the Saw Horse, Jack Pumpkinhead, and Tip.

'Woggle–Bug' is considered to be the official spelling for the character. Notice that he is called 'Wogglebug' on the game box.


The Marvelous Land of Oz p.143
L. Frank Baum, illustrated by John R. Neill. The Marvelous Land of Oz. Chicago: Reilly & Britton, 1904.

Endpaper illustration for the first edition of The Marvelous Land of Oz. Baum dedicated this book to the actors Montgomery and Stone, seen riding in the carriage, whose delightful portrayals of the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow made the 1902 musical The Wizard of Oz a success. Baum wrote the sequel to the first Oz book following the musical's popularity, as well as prompting from young fans that wanted more stories about Oz.


The Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz
Composer Paul Tietjens, lyricist L. Frank Baum, performer Fred Stone. The Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz. Chicago: Hearst's Chicago American, 1902.

Featured here are two of the many examples of sheet music produced for the 1902 stage version The Wizard of Oz. Sheet music for The Woggle–Bug show was published in 1905, and is another Oz rarity today.

Following the enormous popularity of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum and W. W. Denslow, with the help of composer Paul Tietjens and director Julian Mitchell, produced a musical version of the book in 1902. Shortened to The Wizard of Oz, the musical opened in Chicago, then played on Broadway, and toured the United States.


The Wizard of Oz: Hamlin and Mitchell - cover
Composer Paul Tietjens. The Wizard of Oz: Songs Sung in Hamlin and Mitchell's Musical Extravaganza. New York: M. Witmark, 1905.

Aimed towards an adult audience, the principal actors were David C. Montgomery as the Tin Woodman, and Fred Stone, as the Scarecrow. The team of Montgomery and Stone made the musical an instant success, with their vaudeville training adding to the hijinks of the characters. Ray Bolger, who portrayed the Scarecrow in the 1939 MGM version of the story, was an admirer of Stone's, and possibly used his performance in the musical as inspiration for the film version.


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