January 16, 2021: What color were Dorothy’s slippers in the original Wizard of Oz book?

Answer: The all-important pair of slippers in the Wizard of Oz were not originally ruby in the book, which was titled “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” They were silver in the original novel by Frank L. Baum. Louis B. Mayer, the MGM Studio Head, had the color changed to better show up in the Technicolor production.

Explore original pictures, manuscripts, costumes, and other memorabilia from the book and the movie gathered by the Library of Congress. Learn more fascinating facts about this famous story and the movie’s debut on History.com.

Read the original book and watch the movie on DVD.

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