Five Things You Might Not Know About ‘The Wizard of Oz’

With Halloween only two days away our Wizard of Oz giveaway concludes. Thank you to all who participated in this giveaway and congratulations to our two winners! Now celebrating its 80th anniversary, the ideas expressed in The Wizard of Oz still permeate today’s culture. Of course, today everyone knows “there is no place like home”, but let’s take a look at 5 things you may not know about The Wizard of Oz.

Baum wore many hats

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By the time “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was published Baum had already tried his hand at several other professions. Early in his life, he was a playwright, actor, and prize-winning poultry breeder. After departing from those occupations, he took up a position as a salesman for an oil lubrication company. It wouldn’t be long before he would move on yet again to become a traveling salesman for a glassware firm. It was then he began writing stories. This was the genesis for his career as a children’s author and “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. (History Chanel)

The horses in Emerald City were covered in Jell-O powder

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In order to achieve the look they were going for in the Emerald City scenes, the special effects crew covered the horses in Jell-O powder. The horses would try to lick themselves clean so the scenes had to be shot quickly. (Flavor Wire)

The Wiz wore Frank Baum’s Jacket

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The coat worn by Frank Morgan’s character was purchased in a thrift store and originally belonged to Baum. This fact was only discovered later and was confirmed by Baum’s widow and tailor. (Flavor Wire)

“Over the Rainbow” was almost cut

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It’s hard to imagine this film without the “over the rainbow” scene but the now-famous song was almost cut out entirely. Some worried that the song would make the film too long. (Flavor Wire)

Dorothy’s slippers were originally Silver

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Technicolor had recently been introduced to film making and the film creators thought the red slippers would stand out better against the yellow brick road. Only four authentic pairs created during the film’s production exist today, and one pair sold at auction in 2000 for $666,000. (History Chanel)

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