Today’s birthday May 15th 1856 : American author of mostly children;s books Lyman Frank Baum (L. Frank Baum) Well known for his The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But he wrote many more books and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen.
His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television and even laptop computers : The Master Key)
Baum started writing early in life, possibly prompted by his father buying him a cheap printing press. By the age of 17, Baum established a second amateur journal called The Stamp Collector, printed an 11-page pamphlet called Baum’s Complete Stamp Dealers’ Directory, and started a stamp dealership with friends.