In the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, what color were Dorothy's socks as she wore the ruby slippers?
And the answer: blue.
Starring Judy Garland, The Wizard of Oz starts out in sepia-toned black and white, but changes to color about 20 minutes into the film. During much of the Technicolor part of the movie, Dorothy wears a blue and white dress and red ruby slippers. Her socks were blue, the same color as her dress.
The Wizard of Oz began as a children's novel written by L. Frank Baum. It was named after a library shelf titled "O to Z," and was highly influenced by Lewis Carrol's 1895 novel Alice in Wonderland. Since its debut, The Wizard of Oz has been a staple of American film and literary culture.
The 1939 film adaptation was revolutionary in a number of ways. While it wasn't the first film made using the complex new three-strip cameras, it is perhaps the most memorable: the storyline itself is infused with color. From the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to ruby slippers, technicolor made each pop on screen.
Today, memorabilia associated with the legendary film is worth millions. At a 2015 auction, Dorothy's classic blue pinafore, a modest garment that's since been immortalized, sold for $1.56 million. Her shoes, meanwhile, pricelessly remain at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History after a year-long investigation into how conservators could stop the sequins from losing their sparkle.
Check out a scene from the film below.