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Time Capsule

Snapshots of the world from one year in the past

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ IS PUBLISHED

When the first edition of e Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum was released in 1900, all 10,000 copies sold out in a matter of weeks. Each new print run disappeared just as quickly, and the children’s novel, with luxurious illustrations by WW Denslow, remained a bestseller for two years. Its success inspired 13 sequels, a Broadway musical and, most enduringly, the 1939 film starring Judy Garland. Although, in the book, the slippers given to Dorothy are silver – not ruby red!

WE’RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD! Now beloved by millions, on release the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz was not considered a commercial success
ALAMY X1, GETTY X6
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About BBC History Revealed Magazine

In this month’s issue… Who killed JFK? We know Lee Harvey Oswald pulled a trigger, but was he a lone gunman or part of a larger conspiracy? Plus: Elizabeth’s I love rival; the Irish Potato Famine; Picasso’s most prolific year; the medieval knight who’s travels made him more famous than Marco Polo; the Top 10 art controversies and the legend of the Bermuda Triangle.