Wizard of Oz Ruby Red Slippers Are in Need Of Help

October 21, 2016

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There's no place like home and for Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, that home is in need of some help.  The Smithsonian Museum is the home of the famous shoes from the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz and after 77 years, the shoes are showing their age. The color has faded and the slippers appear dull and washed-out. The coating on the sequins that give the shoes their hallmark ruby color is flaking off its gelatin base. Some threads that hold sequins in place have broken. So a Kickstarter campaign has been started to raise funds to restore the shoes to their original glory and a special display case will be designed with an environment to help slow down further deterioration.  This isn't the first time the Smithsonian has asked the public for help in restoration.  Last year a similar campaign raised over $700,000 to restore and conserve the space suit worn by Neil Armstrong in 1969 when he became the first human to step foot on the moon.  As for Dorothy's ruby red slippers, the goal of $300,000 is a little over $40,000 away.

SOURCE: Kickstarter

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