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The Ruby Slippers, Madonna's Bra, and Einstein's Brain : The Locations of America's Pop Culture Artifacts


Click here to buy this book at Amazon.comBy Chris Epting

Where are the Ruby Slippers? Or the limo that JFK was riding in when he was assassinated? Where is the Hope Diamond or Edith and Archie Bunker's living room chairs? Where is Abe Lincoln's top hat, the batmobile, the original Howdy Doody puppet or Michael Jackson's sequined glove? How about Elvis Presley's blue suede shoes or Forrest Gump's bench?

Some of these pop culture artifacts are a part of the collections of well-known institutions or museums. But many are not.

So begins the journey to locate hundreds of items from America 's pop culture past; the genuine historical treasures from movies, crime, TV, sports, American history and more. There are hundreds of places throughout the United States which contain these quirky artifacts, and author Chris Epting (James Dean Died here, Marilyn Monroe Dyed Here, and Elvis Presley Passed Here) has assembled them for the first time in one complete, authoritative guide.

From such major institutions as the Smithsonian, The Vault, and the Basketball hall of Fame to such offbeat collections as the Sing Sing Prison Museum , Museum of Pez Memorabilia , and the Delta Blues Museum , you'll discover such pop culture treasures as:


  • Bonnie and Clyde 's death car
  • Alan Shepard's six-iron Roger
  • Maris's 61st homerun ball
  • Indiana Jones's bullwhip
  • John Wayne's saddle
  • The Merry Prankster bus
  • John Wilkes Booth's Thorax
  • Jack Ruby's .38 Colt Cobra
  • Lizzie Borden's hatchet
  • Andy Warhol's first soup can painting
  • John Lennon's eyeglasses
  • The piano from Casablanca
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Tucker automobile
  • George Washington's Teeth


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