The age of the Zeppelin takes off
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