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Ruth Plumly Thompson

(1891-1976)

 
 
Ruth Plumly Thompson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2019
1. Ruth Plumly Thompson Marker
Inscription.  An author of children’s literature, she wrote 19 Oz books (1921-1939), including The Royal Book of Oz, in the series begun by L. Frank Baum with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. She maintained the popularity of the stories beyond the 1939 classic MGM film. She lived and wrote here.
 
Erected 2018 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentWomen. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list.
 
Location. 39° 57.234′ N, 75° 12.906′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on South Farragut Street north of Spruce Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located on the sidewalk, directly in front of the subject house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 254 South Farragut Street, Philadelphia PA 19139, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Bandstand (approx. 0.3 miles away); Paul Robeson (approx. 0.4 miles
Ruth Plumly Thompson Marker<br>(<i>wide view looking north along sidewalk • house on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2019
2. Ruth Plumly Thompson Marker
(wide view looking north along sidewalk • house on left)
away); Satterlee U.S.A. General Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); 4728 Baltimore Avenue (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gettysburg Stone (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Herman Herzog (approx. half a mile away); Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .  Ruth Plumly Thompson. Following the death of L. Frank Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson was asked by the publishers of the Oz books to continue the series with new stories. She accepted the honor of becoming the 2nd Royal Historian of Oz by producing one Oz book each year through the 1920s and 1930s (Submitted on June 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Ruth Plumly Thompson House • front porch image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2019
3. Ruth Plumly Thompson House • front porch
Ruth Plumly Thompson portrait<br>(<i>on plaque beside front door</i>) image. Click for full size.
4. Ruth Plumly Thompson portrait
(on plaque beside front door)
"<i>Kabumpo in Oz</i>" book cover<br>(<i>on plaque beside front door</i>) image. Click for full size.
5. "Kabumpo in Oz" book cover
(on plaque beside front door)
Ruth Plumly Thompson plaque<br>(<i>mounted just left of front door</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2019
6. Ruth Plumly Thompson plaque
(mounted just left of front door)
From 1921 to 1939, Ruth Plumly Thompson
(1891-1976) wrote 19 “Wizard of Oz” books
in her study on the fourth floor of this house
Ruth Plumly Thompson House (<i>window of study where she worked is visible on top floor</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2019
7. Ruth Plumly Thompson House (window of study where she worked is visible on top floor)
Marker is visible, edge-on, directly in front of house.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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Nov. 28, 2020