Australian Merchandise & Memorabilia

This is an attempt to catalogue all ABBA merchandise produced in Australia (or overseas for the Australia market), or was generally available in Australia. Also included are those few items of merchandise generated by solo careers and Chess. Manufacturer or distributor if known are listed beside each item, along with the year(s) of production or availability. I’ve tried to list everything that I’m aware of, but have probably missed a great deal of merchandise. If you know of anything that I’ve missed please e-mail me, but please, merchandise that was available in Australia only.

Of course this listing doesn’t take into account the countless articles, photographs, posters etc that appeared in newspapers and magazines over the years.

All ABBA merchandise in Australia in the Seventies was produced under exclusive licence by Reg Grundy Productions Pty Ltd, except for the National advertising campaign items, which were created by the George Patterson Advertising Agency.

BOOKS
CLOTHING, LINEN ITEMS ETC
MAGAZINES AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS
'NATIONAL' ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN ITEMS
PAPER AND CARDBOARD ITEMS
PROMOTIONAL ITEMS
SHEET MUSIC AND FOLIOS
'CHESS' ITEMS


BOOKS

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  • The ABBA Phenomenon: Christer Borg (ISBN 0 7255 0370 X; paperback 128 pp plus 16 pp of photos; Horowitz Publications 1977)

  • ABBA By ABBA as told to Christer Borg (ISBN 0 7255 0371 8; paperback 128 pp plus 16 pp of photos; Horowitz Publications 1977)

  • ABBA By ABBA as told to Christer Borg (ISBN 0 86030 069 2; paperback 128 pp; Stafford Pemberton Publishing UK 1977)

  • ABBA Gift Book {Annual 1978} (ISBN 0 86030 067 6; hardback 46pp; Stafford Pemberton Publishing UK 1977)

  • ABBA Gift Book {Annual 1979} (hardback 46pp; Stafford Pemberton Publishing UK 1978)

  • ABBA For The Record: John Tobler (ISBN 0 86030 272 5; paperback 96 pp; Stafford Pemberton Publishing UK 1980)

  • ABBA: Nina Rasmussen (ISBN 1 85797 568 5; paperback 120pp; Orion/Carlton Books 1993)

  • ABBA The Name Of The Game: Andrew Oldham, Tony Calder and Colin Irwin (ISBN 0 283 06232 0; hardback 248 pp; Sidgewick & Jackson UK 1995).

  • ABBA The Name Of The Game: Andrew Oldham, Tony Calder and Colin Irwin (ISBN 0 330 34688 1; paperback 366 pp; Pan UK 1996).

  • As I Am: ABBA Before & Beyond: Agnetha Fältskog with Brita Åhman (ISBN 1 85227 654 1; hardback 162 pp; Virgin Publishing UK 1997)

  • From ABBA To Mamma Mia - The Official Book: Anders Hanser, Carl Magnus Palm (ISBN 1-85227-864-1 hardback 256 pp; Virgin Publishing UK 2000).

  • ABBA: The Book: Jean-Marie Potiez (ISBN 1 85410 698 8 hardback 264 pp; Aurum Press UK 2000).

  • Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba: Carl Magnus Palm (ISBN 0-7119-8389-5 hardback 554 pp; Omnibus Press Australia 2001).

  • Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba: Carl Magnus Palm (ISBN 0-7119-9194-4 paperback 554 pp; Omnibus Press UK 2002).

  • The Stories Behind Every Song - ABBA Thank You For The Music: Robert Scott (ISBN1865039616 trade format paperback 160 pp; Carlton Books UK 2002).

  • ABBA: The Book: Jean-Marie Potiez (ISBN 19781854109286 trade format paperback 264 pp; Aurum Press UK 2003).

  • Abba Gold (33⅓ series) : Elisabeth Vincentelli (ISBN 0-82640154606; paperback 132 pp; Continuum USA 2004).

  • ABBA unplugged: Karl French (ISBN 0-7499-5044-7 large format paperback 288 pp; Portrait Books UK 2004).

  • Abba - The Complete Guide To Their Music: Carl Magnus Palm (ISBN 1-84449-505-1; paperback 126 pp; Omnibus Press UK 2005).

  • ABBA unplugged: Karl French (ISBN 9780749950705 paperback 288 pp; Portrait Books UK 2005).

  • MAMMA MIA! How Can I Resist You? The Inside Story of MAMMA MIA! and the songs of ABBA: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Judy Craymer (ISBN 0-297-84421-0 hardback 264 pp; Orion Books UK 2006).

  • The Little Book of ABBA: Clare Welch (ISBN 978-1-905 828 968 hardback 128pp; Green Umbrella UK 2007)

  • Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba: updated edition: Carl Magnus Palm (ISBN 978-1-84772-419-9 paperback 568 pp; Omnibus Press UK 2008).

  • ABBA: Let The Music Speak: Christopher Patrick (ISBN 978 0 646 49676 4 paperback 420 pp; Christopher Patrick Australia 2008)

  • MAMMA MIA! How Can I Resist You? The Inside Story of MAMMA MIA! and the songs of ABBA: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Judy Craymer (ISBN 978 0 75382101 5 paperback 264 pp; Phoenix Illustrated UK 2008).

  • ABBA The Scrapbook: Jean-Marie Potiez (ISBN 978 0 85965 422 7 paperback 238 pp; Plexus Publishing UK 2009; released 2012)

  • The Complete ABBA: A 40th Anniversary Celebration: Simon Sheridan (ISBN 9780857687241 paperback 240 pp; Titan Books UK 2012)

  • The Little Book of ABBA: Claire Welch (ISBN 978 1 907803 41 3 hardback 144 pp; G2 Entertainment 2012)

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CLOTHING, LINEN ITEMS ETC

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  • Belt, plastic (1976)

  • Caps: 1 size only, available in various colours, with ABBA logo on the front (1976)

  • Pillow, heart shaped with frills: Arrival inner sleeve photo on one side (1976)

  • Pillow slip: with photo and reproduced autographs (1976)

  • Sew-on cloth patch (9 cm x 7.5 cm; Spunky! magazine 1976)

  • Socks: nylon, 1 style only (Hilton 1976)

  • Sweat shirts: various designs, colours and sizes (Maryborough 1976 - 1977)

  • T shirts: various designs, colours and sizes (Holeproof 1976)

  • T shirts: various designs, colours and sizes (Maryborough 1976 - 1977)

  • T shirts: various designs and sizes, based around ABBA Gold (1993)

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MAGAZINES AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Note: this section contains only publications devoted solely to ABBA. It does not include magazine or newspaper articles. of which there have been hundreds!

  • ABBA Fold Out Poster Book: TV Week special (fold out poster book 87 cm x 54 cm; Southdown Press 1976)

  • Welcome ABBA: TV Week special (fold out poster book 87 cm x 54 cm; Southdown Press 1976)

  • Superstar Pinup Special: ABBA (32 pp; 1976)

  • Buzz vol. 1 no. 1: ABBA special issue (48 pp; 1976)

  • The Fabulous ABBA (24 pp; Horowitz Publications 1976)

  • The Fabulous ABBA: 2nd edition with new cover (24 pp; Horowitz Publications 1976)

  • ABBA: Alphabeat no. 1: (fold out poster book 84 cm x 59 cm; UK 1976)

  • ABBA Pin Up Story Poster (fold out poster book 90 cm x 60 cm; Phoebus Publishing UK 1976)

  • Scream! Arrival special souvenir issue (32 pp; 1977)

  • The Spunky! ABBA Picture Book (32 pp; Southdown Press 1977)

  • ABBA: Scream special issue (32 pp; 1977)

  • The ABBA Album 72 cm x 46 cm; Horowitz Publications (24 pp plus poster 1977)

  • ABBA Live in Australia - 1977: official souvenir tour program (34 pp; Pan Enterprises 1977)

  • ABBA in Concert (24 pp plus poster 72 cm x 46 cm; Castle Books 1977)

  • ABBA - The Big New Fold-Out Poster Book Of ABBA: TV Week special (fold out poster book 112 cm x 81 cm; Southdown Press 1977)

  • The New Age Of ABBA: Macro Hit magazine vol 1. no. 1 (fold out poster book 112 cm x 81 cm; 1977)

  • ABBA Magazine: 41 issues (each issue 32 pp; Poster Plus/The ABBA Magazine UK 1977 - 1981)

  • ABBA Special (32 pp; Rulebourne Ltd UK 1978)

  • ABBA Special no. 2 (32 pp; Wryplan Ltd UK 1978)

  • ABBA Colouring Book (paperback 48 pp; Stafford Pemberton Publishing UK 1978)

  • ABBA On Tour Press Out Book (16 pp; Stafford Pemberton Publishing 1978)

  • ABBA Sticker Fun Book (paperback 8 pp; Stafford Pemberton Publishing 1978)

  • International ABBA Magazine: 24 issues (each issue 32 pp; The ABBA Magazine UK 1981 - 1983)

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MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

  • Australian Tour medallion: gold plate on chain (medallion 4 cm diameter, chain 60 cm long; The Craftsman Studio 1977)

  • Badges: 10 different designs (each 7 cm diameter; Patrick Bros 1976)

  • Bags: various designs, sizes and colours; with ABBA logo on one side (Keyhole Bag Co. 1976)

  • Cassette case: plastic with cardboard insert with ABBA logo and photo circa Waterloo (1976)

  • Mirror: with ‘Dancing Queen’ single cover photo (1976)

  • Money box: square with photo of ABBA (22 cm x 12 cm x 2 cm; CBC Bank 1977)

  • Necklaces: various designs based around the ABBA logo, in gold or silver plate on chain (1976)

  • Wall scrolls: fabric banners, 3 designs (68 cm x 46 cm; Breklan Enterprises 1977)

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'NATIONAL' ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN ITEMS

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  • Badge (9 cm diameter; Matsushita 1976)

  • Postcards: at least 5 designs (each 13 cm x 10 cm; Matsushita 1976)

  • Posters: 4 designs (each 74 cm x 49 cm; Matsushita 1976)

  • Billboard (24 sheet poster; Matsushita 1976)

  • Folder: made to hold leaflets advertising televisions (29 cm x 22 cm; Matsushita 1976)

  • National TV News: 2 known issues featuring ABBA (4 pp; Matsushita March and June 1977)

Note: all National advertising campaign items featured photos of ABBA using National products or performing the song in the television commercials.

The National Commercial

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PAPER AND CARDBOARD ITEMS

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  • Beautiful All-Gloss Bonus Card Issue: set of 6 colour photo cards (each 28 cm x 28 cm; 1977)

  • Bubble gum cards: 2 sets of 72 cards; both sets same 72 photos on obverse, set A pink border, set B blue border, picture to assemble on reverse different (each card 9 cm x 6.4 cm; Scanlens 1976)

  • Calendar for 1977 (24 pp; Calamite Productions NZ 1976)

  • Doodle Art kit: 5 sheet colouring kit with felt tip pens (each sheet 38 cm x 28 cm; Doodle Art Aust. 1976)

  • Exercise books: 1 design, available in various types of books (cover 22.5 cm x 18 cm, contents blank or ruled plain paper; 1976)

  • Iron-on transfers: various designs (33 cm x 25 cm; 1976)

  • Jigsaw puzzle (160 pieces, 455 cm x 305 cm when assembled, box 23 cm x 15.5 cm x 5 cm; Cartex 1976)

  • Posters: various designs (various publishers, including Durer Press, Message Publications, Pace International Scotland, Scandecor Sweden 1975 - 1977)

  • Pressure Sensitive Stick Ons: sticker sheets, 4 designs (each sheet 34 cm x 24 cm; 1977)

  • Scrapbooks: 3 designs (cover , contents plain paper; 1977)

  • Writing pads: 2 designs (cover 25 cm x 20 cm, contents ruled plain paper; 1977)

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PROMOTIONAL ITEMS

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  • The Best Of ABBA LP poster (RCA 1976)

  • ‘Dancing Queen’/’That’s Me’ single poster (RCA 1976)

  • ‘Money, Money, Money’/’Crazy World’ single poster (RCA 1976)

  • Arrival LP poster (RCA 1976)

  • Keep Australia Beautiful billboard (24 sheet poster; Keep Australia Beautiful campaign 1976)

  • Keep Australia Beautiful small poster (Keep Australia Beautiful campaign 1976)

  • 'Knowing Me, Knowing You/Happy Hawaii' single poster (RCA 1977)

  • ABBA - The Album LP poster (RCA 1977)

  • ABBA - The Movie badge (7 cm diameter; Patrick Bros 1977)

  • ABBA - The Movie poster (Polar Music International/Reg Grundy Productions 1977)

  • ABBA - The Movie daybill; silhouette logo printed backwards (20th Century Fox Film Distributors 1977)

  • Voulez-Vous LP poster; album title misspelled Voulez-Vouz [sic] (RCA 1979)

  • Super Trouper LP poster; 2 sided (63 cm x 63 cm; RCA 1980)

  • Something’s Going On cardboard poster {Frida} (128 cm x 99 cm; RCA 1982)

  • ABBA 1977 - 1987 The Tenth Anniversary Special video poster (98 cm x 69 cm; Village Roadshow Home Video 1990)

  • ABBA Gold CD poster (PolyGram 1992)

  • ABBA - The Movie DVD poster (Universal Music 2005)

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SHEET MUSIC AND FOLIOS

  • ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ (4 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1975)

  • ‘Mamma Mia’ (4 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1975)

  • ‘SOS’ (4 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1975)

  • ‘Ring Ring’ (4 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1976)

  • ‘Fernando’ (4 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1976)

  • Greatest Hits Song Folio (paperback 48 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1976)

  • Greatest Hits for guitar: arranged by John Clausi (paperback 60 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1976)

  • ‘Dancing Queen’ (6 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1976)

  • ‘Dancing Queen’ (8 pp; Countless Songs USA 1976)

  • ‘Money, Money, Money’ (6 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1976)

  • Arrival (paperback 44 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1976)

  • ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ (4 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1977)

  • ‘Happy Hawaii’ (4 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1977)

  • ABBA arranged for easy piano by Lennart Bragge (paperback 20 pp; Union Songs/Polar Music International Sweden 1977)

  • The Best OF ABBA {various editions for piano, easy guitar, chord organ} (ISBN 0.86001.429.0; paperback 32 pp; Wise Publications 1977)

  • ABBA... Greatest Hits EZ Play Music (HL 00100200; paperback 48 pp; Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation USA 1977)

  • ‘The Name Of The Game’ (6 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1977)

  • ABBA - The Folio (paperback 40 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1978)

  • ABBA - The Folio easy guitar (paperback 48 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1978)

  • ‘Take A Chance On Me’ (6 pp; Ivan Mogull 1978)

  • ‘Chiquitita’ (6 pp; Chappell Music UK 1979)

  • Voulez-Vous (paperback 64 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1979)

  • Great Songs Of ABBA arranged and edited by Milton Okun (ISBN 0-8129-0872-4; paperback 288 pp; New York Times/Cherry Lane Music USA 1980)

  • Super Trouper (paperback 48 pp; Bocu Music UK 1980)

  • It’s Easy To Play ABBA (UK)

  • ‘The Winner Takes It All’ (4 pp; Ivan Mogull Music 1981)

  • The Visitors (paperback 48 pp; Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation USA 1981)

  • ‘I Know There’s Something Going On’ {Frida} (Ivan Mogull Music 1982)

  • The Great Songs of ABBA (ISBN 0.7119.0722.6; paperback; Wise Publications UK 1985)

  • ABBA Gold - Greatest Hits (1992)

  • More ABBA Gold - More ABBA Hits (1993)

  • I Can Play That! ABBA (ISBN 0-7119-3362-6; paperback; Wide Publications UK 1993)

  • That's Easy! ABBA for clarinet (AM91849; paperback; Wise Publications UK 1994)

  • That's Easy! ABBA for flute (AM91850; paperback; Wide Publications UK 1994 )

  • The Very Best Of ABBA (ISBN 0-7119-7660-2; paperback 208 pages plus cover; Omnibus Press UK 1999)

  • ABBA: Complete Chord Songbook (ISBN 0-7119-8851-X paperback 192 pp; Wise Publications UK 2001).

  • ABBA The Little Black Songbook  (ISBN 9781846095658 paperback 192 pp; Music Sales UK 2006).

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CHESS ITEMS

  • Selections from Chess music folio (MQ31426; paperback 104 pp; Three Knights/Union Songs 1984)

  • ‘One Night In Bangkok’ sheet music (8 pp; Ivan Mogull 1985)

  • Chess - The Making Of A Musical: William Hartston with introduction by Tim Rice book (ISBN 1-85145-006-8; hardback 98 pp; Pavilion Books UK 1986)

  • Chess - The Musical {Sydney production} program (44 pp; Playbill 1990)

  • Chess - The Musical {Sydney production} souvenir book (20 pp; Playbill 1990)

  • Chess poster {Sydney Production} (1990)

  • Chess t-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, rugby shirts: various designs and sizes {Sydney production} (Playbill 1990)

  • Chess magnet {Sydney production} (6 cm x 5 cm; Playbill 1990)

  • Chess  keyring {Sydney production} (6 cm x 5 cm; Playbill 1990)

  • Chess coffee cup {Sydney production} (1990)

  • Chess - The Musical {Castle Hill, Sydney production} program (B&M Promotions)

  • Chess poster {Castle Hill, Sydney production} (B&M Promotions)

  • Chess - The Musical {Melbourne production} souvenir program (54 pp; Stetson Productions 1997)

  • Chess sticker {Melbourne production} (5.7cm x 5.7cm; Stetson Productions 1997)

  • Chess flexible magnet {Melbourne production} (5.7cm x 5.7cm; Stetson Productions 1997)

Note: the original Sydney production of Chess featured a unique logo. The Castle Hill and Melbourne productions featured the original logo used on the original concept album and London production. There have also been several amateur productions of Chess performed in Australia.


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© 1997, 1998, 1999, 2007 by Ian Cole, Sydney Australia

Australian Merchandise & Memorabilia