Sold: Hamlin’s Wizard Oil Advertising Trade Card Fred Hamlin Wizard of OZ StagePlay Connection


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Here’s one for you if you like interesting segues into history from the world of Oz. Fred Hamlin, who produced The Wizard of Oz 1902 stageplay, was the son of John A Hamlin, a magician/showman who sold the patent medicine “Hamlin’s Wizard Oil”. Profits from the “medicine”, which contained alcohol, herbs and turpentine, were used to fund Chicago’s Grand Opera House (where the Oz musical was first shown). L. Frank Baum worked with Fred Hamlin on the script, although the men didn’t always see eye to eye. This is a large card, 4-7/8″ x 6 1/2″, and in my opinion the most attractive of all the Wizard Oil advertising. The color image shows two men in Arabic dress with a camel loaded with crates of HAMLIN’S WIZARD OIL. The background pyramid in background proclaims that Wizard Oil Cures Rheumatism, Neuralgia and ALL PAIN. The Calvert Litho. Co, Detroit.

In very good condition with light wear and center punch, as issued. A rare example, well over 100 years old now.

Photos and description by Wonderful Books of Oz, copyright protected through the DMCA act of 1998.