The age of the Zep­pelin takes off

History Revealed - - CONTENTS -

When the first edi­tion of The Won­der­ful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum was re­leased in 1900, all 10,000 copies sold out in a mat­ter of weeks. Each new print run dis­ap­peared just as quickly, and the chil­dren’s novel, with lux­u­ri­ous il­lus­tra­tions by WW Denslow, re­mained a best­seller for two years. Its suc­cess in­spired 13 se­quels, a Broad­way mu­si­cal and, most en­dur­ingly, the 1939 film star­ring Judy Gar­land. Al­though, in the book, the slip­pers given to Dorothy are sil­ver – not ruby red!

WE’RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD! Now beloved by mil­lions, on re­lease the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz was not con­sid­ered a com­mer­cial suc­cess

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