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Martin E. Johnson’s Travelogues

March 1, 2014

If you were in Salt Lake City 100 years ago today, you could attend a multi-media spectacle at the Orpheum Theater, in which the penultimate attraction was footage from Martin E. Johnson’s trip with Jack London in the South Sea Islands, which he had embarked on five years prior. I posted about this same film last year, and as you can see from this advertisement, the travelogue continued to circulate through the 1910s.

GOODWIN’S WEEKLY (Salt Lake City, Utah) 28 February 1914

In my previous post I mentioned that Fatimah Tobing Rony discusses the Johnsons in her excellent book The third eye: race, cinema, and ethnographic spectacle.

I’ve since discovered Laura Horak’s excellent introduction to Osa Johnson at the Women Film Pioneers Project 

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