The Wizard of Oz is probably one of the most enduring American stories, having been translated into numerous movies, recordings, stage productions, and hundreds of written versions. This online exhibit from the Library of Congress showcases some of the many products and ephemera related to this integral piece of American culture. Many of the objects originated from the Library's voluminous holdings, but additional pieces were borrowed from private collectors, other institutional holdings, and museums. The first section titled To Please a Child features scanned images and material relating to the works of L. Frank Baum, including an early review of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the original copyright application for the book. To See the Wizard features printed material related to the book's many stage productions, and of course, props and still photographs from the 1939 MGM film version, starring Judy Garland, Bert Lahr, and Ray Bolger. The last section, To Own the Oz highlights some of the many collectible items associated with the book and movies, including collector plates, a Monopoly version of The Wizard of Oz, and different music boxes.
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