Help The Smithsonian Save Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

 

ruby-slippersI imagine this'll be a Kickstarter that launches a thousand news stories with clever quotes in the title, and there's a good reason for that: Wizard of Oz, the 1939 film version of the 1900 book by L. Frank Baum (part of an eventual 14-book series), has been a pop culture staple for nearly a century, with the musical film version generating countless quotes which have stuck in our collective memories.

Donated anonymously to the Smithsonian in 1979, the famous Ruby Slippers are now a bit the worse for wear, and in need of conservation to protect them from further deterioration and environmental harm.

I like that conservator Richard Barden has made a point of explaining the difference between conservation and restoration in the publicity surrounding this Kickstarter launch.  It's an important distinction to understand in all fields of historical memorabilia collecting, including comic books.

The institution is shooting for $300,000 over the next month, and looks like they're off to a fast start.

About Mark Seifert

Co-founder and Creative director of Bleeding Cool parent company Avatar Press. Bleeding Cool Managing Editor, tech and data wrangler. Machine Learning hobbyist. Vintage paper addict.

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