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Sunday, June 23, 2013
This is Strasheela, the Scarecrow character in the Russian series of Oz books. I'm not a collector of foreign editions of the Oz series, but I couldn't resist this postcard.
Oz is known as Magic Land in Russia, and the series is popular - but the characters and stories might take an American by surprise!
Alexander Volkov published The Wizard of the Emerald City in 1939. This was a loose translation of L. Frank Baum's Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with various changes, additions and omissions. In the 1960's, Volkov began publishing sequels to his book, creating an alternative Ozian universe. Magic Land has its own unique characters and stories, quite different from the original Baum series. Volkov wrote six Magic Land books, and other authors have continued his series.
I don't read Russian, and have no idea what the back of the postcard says. But it's always fun to see a different version of a familiar character!
Posted by Bill Campbell