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  • Gary Miceli

VISITS: ARCHIVES AT THE SMITHSONIAN OF AMERICAN HISTORY - WASHINGTON, D.C.




We went to Washington to see the Ruby Slippers from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. We were just speechless and the only word to describe them is magic. Let me tell you more about the pair.


Made by the designer Adrian in 1939 (in California), Sixteen-year-old Judy Garland wore these sequined shoes as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. One of several pairs used during filming, these size-five shoes are well-worn, suggesting they were Garland's primary pair for dance sequences. They are made of plastic, fabric, fiber, synthetic, adhesive and felt. The measurements are 5 in x 3 in x 9 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm x 24.13 cm.


Fun fact: In the original book by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy's slippers are silver but for the Technicolor movie, they were changed to ruby red to show up more vividly against the yellow-brick road.


While we were there, we saw other things too, like the Batmobile.

The Batmobile is from the Tim Burton film Batman. Originally built on the chassis of a Chevrolet Impala, the Batmobile was designed by Anton Furst, drawing inspiration from Salt Flat Racers and the Corvette Stingrays of the 1950’s and reflecting the Art Deco influences that Burton’s depicted in his Gotham City.

The vehicle is on loan from Warner Bros.


A Batman cowl from Batman & Robin.

The Cowl was worn by George Clooney as Batman in the 1997 film Batman and Robin. This cowl, a large hood costume piece made in 1997, gives the wearer the signature Batman profile. It is made out of foam latex, plastic and wood. The measurements are 23 in x 14 in x 12 in; 58.42 cm x 35.56 cm x 30.48 cm. The provenance is that this cowl is a gift of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. (through Barry M. Meyer).


Also saw the costume from Linda Carter’s Wonder Women which is on loan by Linda Carter herself.


We went on January 6th and 7th 2020.

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