TIL When author L. Frank Baum was wondering what to name the magical world where his set his stories, his eyes fell upon his filing cabinet, whose drawers were alphabetically labeled A-G, H-N, and O-Z. Right away, he had his book’s title: “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

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  1. The wizard of oz is likely an allegory critiquing the monetary policy of the day. Baum was a documented political activist, advocating for bimetallism. Oz, then, isn’t O-Z, it’s from the abbreviation for ounce Oz (the unit of measure for gold and silver). There are nods to bimetallism, including the yellow brick road (gold), the silver slippers (changed to Ruby in the movie so they’d show up in technicolor) and the emerald city (greenbacks).

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