By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 25, 2022) – In Issue 2022-151 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, today we celebrate our introduction to Dorothy, The Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion.


The iconic film, The Wizard of Oz, was released nationally on this day in 1939.

The official premiere was held at Graumann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on August 15th, but the “world premiere” claim belongs to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin where the film was shown on August 12th.  A bit confusing, and welcome to the movies…

The film started being televised in 1956, reintroducing the beloved characters to a new generation and watching on the small screen became a regular family event.  In fact, the Library of Congress has declared it the “most seen film in movie history.”  It was one of the first 25 films to be chosen for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Melting witches, flying monkeys, and a Technicolor Munchkin land still hold up to today’s special effects, at least in our hearts.

There’s no place like home… for some that is Kentucky, and for others that is Kansas, like for Dorothy and Toto.  Here is an 1882 map of Kansas from Rand McNally.

1882 map of Kansas (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.