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Washington DC and The Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz in Washington DC

Things Related to The Wizard of Oz in Washington DC

Washington DC has often been associated with the Wizard of Oz. An early working title for the original book by L. Frank Baum was From Kansas to Fairyland. The title was later changed to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In 1900 the Democratic National Convention was held in Kansas City, Missouri. At that time going from Kansas to Fairyland meant going from the convention in Kansas City to Washington DC.

Emerald City is often viewed as a reference to Washington DC. The green color of Emerald City may have been taken from the green color of US currency. There are other financial references in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Oz itself may be a reference to an ounce of gold, as oz. is used as an abbreviation for ounce. The yellow brick road can represent gold, and Dorothy’s ruby slippers of movie fame were silver in the book. So in the book Dorothy was wearing silver slippers on a golden road.

The following Wizard of Oz related things are in and around Washington DC:

Click Ruby Slippers for a StationStart.com entry that provides more detailed information on Dorothy’s ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.

Click Museum of American History to see the StationStart.com entry about the Smithsonian Institution Museum of American History where Dorothy’s ruby slippers are one display.

Click Wizard of Oz Wall Art for a StationStart.com entry on a large, outdoor Wizard of Oz painting.

Occasionally graffiti demanding Surrender Dorothy can be found painted on a railroad bridge that crosses the Washington DC beltway, Interstate 495. This bridge is located between the Connecticut Avenue and Georgia Avenue beltway exits. The Forest Glen Metro Station is nearest this railroad bridge, but I have never tried to walk to this bridge. I wouldn’t be surprised if it is inaccessible on foot. In any event there is rarely anything to see there as authorities remove the graffiti or paint over it soon after it appears.

This location is chosen for the Surrender Dorothy message, because the temple of the Kensington, Maryland temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints appears to remind the graffiti painter or painters of Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz. That temple is located less than a mile from the point where the railroad bridge crosses the Washington beltway, and the temple is easily visible from the beltway.

Surrender Dorothy graffiti can rarely be seen on the railroad bridge that crosses I-495 in Kensington, Maryland. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of Location of a railroad bridge where Surrender Dorothy graffiti is rarely seen.

Ruby Slippers Belonging to Dorothy – Worn by Judy Garland in Wizard of Oz

Ruby Slippers Worn by Judy Garland

Ruby Slippers Worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in the 1939 Movie The Wizard of Oz

There were multiple pairs of the ruby slippers, sometimes referred to as ruby red shoes, worn by Dorothy Gale (portrayed by Judy Garland) in the 1939 movie version of the Wizard of Oz. The pair of ruby slippers pictured above and used in filming the movie was donated anonymously to the Smithsonian Institution Museum of American History in 1979.

In the original book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum the magic slippers were silver. But ruby red slippers provided a more striking appearance against a yellow brick road, so the silver slippers of the book were changed to ruby slippers for the movie. The photograph above shows the ruby slippers pictured on the yellow bricks in the museum’s display case.

Judy Garland wore these size 5 shoes when she was 16 years old. The pair in the Smithsonian have felt soles and may have been used for dancing.

Red Sequins on Ruby Slippers Worn by Judy Garland

Red Sequins on Ruby Slippers Worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy Dale in the Movie The Wizard of Oz

The ruby red color of the shoes comes primarily from the glistening red sequins that cover the shoes. The round sequin discs are easily visible in the above photographs showing the sequins on the inner side (left side) of the right shoe.

Bow on Right Ruby Slipper Worn by Judy Garland

Bow on Right Ruby Slipper Worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in the 1939 Movie The Wizard of Oz

Even though the ruby red color of the shoes comes primarily from red sequins, the bows use red from other sources. Each bow is covered with 46 red rhinestones, 42 red bugle beads and 3 large red jewels. These are easily seen in the close up photograph above.

Interestingly the bow pictured above is from the right shoe in the Smithsonian. That bow is a little bit odd shaped in that it does not have the same evenness and symmetry as the bows on the other known pairs of shoes used in the movie. Because this bow shape is recognizable, this pair of shoes is believed to be the primary pair worn by Judy Garland in the filming of the movie. For example this shoe with its slightly odd shaped bow can be seen on Judy Garland’s right foot when she enters the Emerald City throne room. Click Ruby Slipper Design to see the design of the ruby slippers including details of the bow on The Ruby Slipper Fan Club website.

This pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland is located in the Smithsonian Institution Museum of American History. Click Museum of American History to see the StationStart.com entry about the museum and its location.

Click Wizard of Oz to see a StationStart.com entry that summarizes information about the Wizard of Oz in and around Washington DC.

Closest Metro Station: The Federal Triangle Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is nearest to the Constitution Avenue NW entrance to the museum, but the Smithsonian Metro Station, also on the Blue and Orange Lines, is only a little bit further from the National Mall entrance to the museum.

Wizard of Oz Wall Painting at Stead Recreation Center

Wizard of Oz Wall Painting

Wizard of Oz Wall Painting at Stead Recreation Center - The Painting Takes the Shape of the Side of the Building

Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz

Wall Painting of Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and Toto from the Wizard of Oz

Occupying one full side of the building at 1633 P Street NW is a painting depicting characters and more from the Wizard of Oz. This is a graffiti type wall painting that stretches from the front of the building to the back on the side that faces Stead Recreation Center. Actually the wall painting provides a boundary at one side of a basketball court. 

From the image it may look as though part of the painting is missing, but it isn’t. The painting uses all of the space that is available on the east facing side of the building. The front of the building is at the left edge of the painting, and the painting occupies the entire two stories at that point. The rear of the building is one story, and again the painting uses all available space. 

The Wicked Witch of the West (portrayed in the movie by Margret Hamilton) is on the far left end of the painting and flying on a broomstick. Further to the right are the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy Gale and Toto (portrayed in the movie by Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Judy Garland and Terry, a black Cairn Terrier). Above that group is one of the flying monkeys. 

The Scarecrow and a Flying Monkey from the Wizard of Oz

Wall Painting Close Up of the Scarecrow and a Flying Monkey from the Wizard of Oz

Toward the center of the painting is Emerald City. And just beyond that is the Scarecrow (portrayed in the movie by Ray Bolger) and another flying monkey. 

Click Wizard of Oz to see a StationStart.com entry that summarizes information about the Wizard of Oz in and around Washington DC. 

The Wizard of Oz Wall Painting is on the side of 1633 P Street NW, Washington, DC and is visible from Stead Recreation Center which is located at 1625 P Street NW. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of Location of Wizard of Oz wall painting. 

Closest Metro Station: The Dupont Circle Metro Station on the Red Line is nearest to Stead Recreation Center.

Museum of American History

Smithsonian Institution - Museum of American History

Smithsonian Institution - Museum of American History - Constitution Avenue Side

The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History is as large as it looks in the picture. The museum which opened in 1964 consists of 750,000 square feet, although not all of it is display space. In addition to the three levels for displays there is a basement, two office-administrative levels and a mechanical area on the roof. The ongoing exhibits include:

Holidays on Display
Invention Case: Hot Spots of Invention
Invention Case: Toying with Invention
Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
America on the Move
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
Artifact Walls – Cameras Before Digital
Artifact Walls – Creating Hawai’i
Bon Appétit! Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian
Communities in a Changing Nation: The Promise of 19th-Century America
First Ladies at the Smithsonian
Gunboat Philadelphia
Invention at Play
Landmark Objects
Lighting a Revolution—Electricity Hall
Musical Instruments
National Treasures of Popular Culture
On the Water: Stories from Maritime America
Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration
Power Machinery
Science in American Life
Spark!Lab
The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag That Inspired the National Anthem
Stories on Money
Taking America to Lunch
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Within These Walls . . .

And there are various changing exhibits as well.

Ruby Shoes Belonging to Dorothy

Ruby Shoes Belonging to Dorothy - Worn by Judy Garland in Wizard of Oz

Many people who visit the museum are particularly interest in an article displayed as part of the National Treasures of Popular Culture exhibit. That article, articles really, are the red sequin shoes know as the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in her role as Dorothy in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. In 1979 these shoes were donated to the museum anonymously, and they are one of the most asked about treasures in the museum.

Click Ruby Slippers for a StationStart.com entry that provides more detailed information on Dorothy’s ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.

Click Wizard of Oz to see a StationStart.com entry that summarizes information about the Wizard of Oz in and around Washington DC.

Click Museum of American History Website to visit the website of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History Website.

The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History is located on Constitution Avenue NW between 12th and 14th Streets NW, Washington, DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Closest Metro Station: The Federal Triangle Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is nearest to the Constitution Avenue NW entrance to the museum, but the Smithsonian Metro Station, also on the Blue and Orange Lines, is only a little bit further from the National Mall entrance to the museum.

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