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The Emerald City

Dorothy Discovers The Emerald City, Thomas Kinkade

Wizard of Oz Day

May 17

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"🎶 We're off to see the Wizard
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!"

~ The Wizard of Oz, Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, 1938

Gather up Toto, avoid all wicked witches, and don some green tartan or ruby red ghillies today for this dance tribute to the Emerald City, the dazzling metropolis famously depicted in "The Wizard of Oz," published on this day in 1900 by L. Frank Baum. Ironically, in the original book, the city appeared green only because all citizens were required to wear green-tinted glasses, mirroring the illusion of the humbug Wizard who had deceived the inhabitants. Although Baum did not acknowledge it, many scholars interpret the story as a political and economic allegory, suggesting that the characters and events represented various aspects of the late 19th-century Populist movement and economic struggles, including debates over monetary policy and the gold standard. In this view, the Emerald City symbolized Washington, D.C., and the Wizard represented the politicians who manipulated perceptions to maintain their power. Reels and Right and Lefts and Turns, Oh my! 💚 💚 💚 💎 👧 🦁 🐾 🧙‍♀️ 🧹 🔮 👠 👠 🌪️ 🐶

The Emerald City

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum was originally published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago on May 17, 1900.

The story chronicles the adventures of young Dorothy, who lives on a farm in Kansas, after she and her pet dog Toto are swept away by a cyclone to the magical Land of Oz. The novel is one of the best-known stories in American literature and has been widely translated. The Library of Congress has declared it "America's greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale."

Located in the center of the Land of Oz, the Emerald City is the end of the famous yellow brick road, which starts in Munchkin Country. In the center of the Emerald City is the Royal Palace of Oz.

In the first book, the walls are green, but the city itself is not. However, when they enter, everyone in the Emerald City is made to wear green-tinted eyeglasses; this is explained as an effort to protect their eyes from the "brightness and glory" of the city, but in effect makes everything appear green when it is, in fact, "no more green than any other city". This is yet another "humbug" created by the Wizard.

In the later Oz books,  Emerald City is described as being built of green glass, emeralds, and other jewels. 

In the first book, one scene of the Emerald City is of particular note in the development of Oz: Dorothy sees rows of shops, selling green articles of every variety, and a vendor who sells green lemonade, from whom children bought it with green pennies.


For more about this book series and the author, click the painted quilt of Dorothy walking towards Emerald city by Nedra.

The Emerald City

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The Emerald City

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