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Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian, by Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick
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Ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, 1939Ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, 1939

The rubies are not real, and the shoes are worn about the edges. But Dorothy's ruby slippers (one of several surviving pairs) have been one of the most popular artifacts at the National Museum of American History since they were collected in 1979. What makes them a treasure?

See also: Film and Television Memorabilia, Popular Culture Memorabilia, Shoes, Popular Objects

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