Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Ruby Slipper

Great Wizard of Oz keepsake ornament. Who doesn't remember Dorothy clicking the heels of her ruby slippers together and saying "there's no place like home....there's no place like home."

(From Wikipedia) The ruby slippers are the shoes worn by Dorothy (played by Judy Garland) in the 1939 MGM movie The Wizard of Oz. Because of their iconic stature. they are now among the most treasured and valuable of film memorabilia. As was customary for important props, a number of pairs were made for the film, though no one knows exactly how many. Five pairs are known to have survived; one of these was stolen in 2005 and never recovered.

An original pair of ruby slippers used in The Wizard of Oz; now part of the Philip Samuels Collection.

In the film, Dorothy's house falls on the Wicked Witch of the East, killing her and freeing the Munchkins from her tyranny. Glinda, the Good Witch of the North magically puts the dead woman's ruby slippers on Dorothy's feet to protect her from the Witch's vengeful sister, the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy knows the slippers are magical, but she is unaware of their specific powers. At the end of the film, Glinda reveals one of the slippers' abilities: Dorothy can return home to Kansas by simply clicking her heels three times and repeating, "There's no place like home."

The Ruby Slipper ornament is one of our most popular ornaments for sale at Trendy Tree. Customers buy them by the dozens. I hope they're not in line for retirement any time soon! Hope you're listening Old World Christmas!!

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