Friday, January 9, 2009

"There's no place like home...."

During a 1.04.09 day trip to Washington, D.C., I captured this photo of the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 MGM classic, The Wizard of Oz. The sequined, felt-lined slippers are on display on the second floor of the Smithsonian's newly reopened Museum of American History. Of the four pairs made for the film, these are the only slippers known to survive after more than 70 years. It is believed the pair of slippers on display were used specifically for dance sequences. Click the photo for a detailed close-up.

I also commend to your attention the definitive reference work on this enduringly sentimental film, The Making of the Wizard of Oz by Aljean Harmetz, who delivers a fascinating trip down the Yellow Brick Road. Copiously illustrated throughout, plus 8 pages of color plates.

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