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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Judy's Birthday

Yesterday (June 10) would have marked Judy Garland's 89th birthday. So here's a silly little book in honor of the event, Judy Garland and the Hoodoo Costume!

This was published in 1945 by Whitman Publishing, as part of a series of books that built stories around popular stars of the day. There were titles starring Jane Withers, Betty Grable, Deanna Durbin, Ann Sheridan, Bonita Granville, etc. The dustjacket on this title even mentions that Judy's "unforgettable role in The Wizard of Oz marked the height in her career as a child star" - the movie itself wouldn't be released again until 1949.

The stories themselves are typical teen mystery/detective fare - but with the added spice of a Hollywood star! The whole thing is a bit of a stitch - as are the illustrations.....poor Judy!

3 comments:

Jared said...

I never knew Judy Garland was an amputee. When did that happen? She really worked that fake leg, then!

Bill Campbell said...

I know, it gives that impression doesn't it? Actually, the leg is there, it's just blending into a snowdrift...

Bell-Snickle said...

Whoa, that is really weird/awesome!