DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 25, 2020) – In Issue 57 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps we follow the yellow brick road. . .

Steve Kovacs (Provided)

There’s no Place Like Home.

The Wizard of Oz was released 81 years ago today by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Although it did not win the Oscar Award for best picture (Gone with the Wind got that honor), it did capture the hearts of movie goers for generations.

The story is based on L. Frank Baum’s novel from 1900.  The Library of Congress calls it “America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale.”  

There are many iconic characters, songs, scenes, and quotes from the movie.  Who can forget Dorothy, Toto, Wicked Witch of the West, Tinman, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, The Wizard, Munchkins, Yellow Brick Road, Ruby Slippers, and so on. 

What is your favorite moment of the movie?

In honor of one of the more memorable quotes, “… we’re not in Kansas anymore,” hare is map of Kansas from 1887 by the little-known Page Co.

Map of Kansas from 1887 (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.

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