|Ad announcing souvenir matinee in New-York Tribune, March 29, 1903.|
This anniversary garnered one of the most elaborate of the Wizard of Oz souvenirs— a charming little jewel box featuring the Cowardly Lion standing on the hinged lid. The Cowardly Lion was one of the biggest attractions in the show and a favorite especially of the children in the audience.
|Souvenir 100th Performance Cowardly Lion Jewel box, April 15, 1903.|
The sumptuous little box reflects the quality and effort put into some of the theatrical souvenirs. Made of a gilded metal, the box measures 3-3/8" x 2-3/8" and is 2-1/2" tall to the top of the lion's head. The box and hinged lid are each lined with padded pink satin.
|Interior of the Cowardly Lion souvenir jewel box.|
The bottom of the jewel box reads: "MAJESTIC THEATRE, 100th Performance, WIZARD OF OZ, JB 827, Wednesday April 15, 1903."
|Bottom of the Cowardly Lion souvenir jewel box.|
These "souvenir" performances sometimes made national news as seen in the clipping below from the Sioux City [Iowa] Journal.
|Sioux City Journal announcement from April 19, 1903.|
|Advertisement from the New-York Tribune April 5, 1903.|
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