University finds missing Dorothy dress from ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The Catholic University of America, in Washington DC, stated in a release on Thursday that the gown had actually been missing out on for several years after being talented in the early 1970s.

Speaker Matt Ripa had actually heard reports that the product remained in the Hartke structure where he worked and had actually invested useless hours looking for it in archives and closets.

He had actually begun to think it was a “tall tale,” the university stated, when he identified a bag on top of the mail boxes.

“I was curious what was inside and opened the bag. Inside was a shoebox, and inside the shoebox was the dress! I couldn’t believe it,” Ripa stated. “My co-worker and I quickly grabbed some gloves and looked at the dress and took some pictures before putting it back in the box and heading over to the (University) Archives. Needless to say, I have found many interesting things in Hartke during my time at Catholic University, but I think this one takes the cake!”

The university’s Tower paper had actually composed in 1973 that the gown had actually been offered to then head of drama Rev. Gilbert Hartke, by starlet Mercedes McCambridge. McCambridge had actually been artist-in-residence the year prior to and was a modern of Garland’s, the university stated.

An archive photo of Rev. Gilbert Hartke holding the dress.

The present, according to the Tower short article, was expected to offer “hope, strength, and courage” to trainees.

The university stated that it was uncertain how McCambridge obtained the gown.

“As archivists, we were obliged to work on gaining additional documentation for this popular culture national treasure,” stated Maria Mazzenga, Ph.D. 2000, manager of the American Catholic History Collections at Catholic University. “We have several photos of Father Hartke holding the dress, and articles from The Tower and The Washington Post referencing it. So the circumstantial evidence is strong.”

Mazzenga called the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Ryan Lintelman, a specialist in the museum’s Oz souvenirs, who supplied more info on the gowns used by Garland.

5 — omitting the museum’s newest discover — have actually been validated as most likely genuine, the university stated.

“All of the dresses have certain verifiable characteristics, including, for example, a ‘secret pocket’ on the right side of the pinafore skirt for Dorothy’s handkerchief, ‘Judy Garland’ written by hand in a script specific to a single person who labeled all of the extant dresses in the same hand. Apparently, the thin material of the blouse was prone to tearing when Garland took it off after filming, and a seamstress often repaired it before she donned it for the next shoot,” the university stated in the release.

The gown discovered in the Hartke structure shared those qualities, the university stated, and LIntelman and 2 coworkers who had actually seen it stated the “evidence around the dress was strong.”

In 2015, another of Dorothy’s gowns cost $1,565,000 at a New york city auction.

The Catholic University stated that its gown will be kept in the University’s Unique Collections.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.