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The World Through a View Finder, Part I

Betty Mayer

Silent | 1950s

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  •  Aboard the airplane 
  •  Tropical location, possibly Hawaii 
  •  Sydney, Australia 
  •  Sheep farm 
  •  Shearing sheep, Aussie style 
  •  Aboriginal homes 
  •  Australian wildlife, including emus, cockatoos, and kangaroos 
  •  Onwards to Japan 
  •  The Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in in Kamakura 
  •  Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, in Kyoto 
  •  Tōdai-ji, the Great Buddha Hall, in Nara 
  •  Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong 
  •  Tiger Balm Gardens and Aw Boon Haw Garden 
  •  Laying concrete in Hong Kong 
  •  The Philippines 
  •  Malacañang Palace in Manila 
  •  Snake charmers 
  •  Malaysia 
  •  Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque in Johor 
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This amateur film captures Edwin and Minnie Mayer’s worldwide adventure across Australia, Asia, Africa, and Europe in the 1950s. This segment documents stops in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Malaysia. After exploring a tropical destination, possibly Hawaii, the couple jets to Sydney, Australia. Following a tour of the Sydney Harbour, the Mayers head to a sheep farm and marvel at the native wildlife. Next, they venture to Japan, where they visit a selection of temples. Then, the Mayers travel to Hong Kong, where they see the Chinese sailing ships in Victoria Harbour and peruse the street markets. A stop in the Philippines follows. In Manila, the couple tours Malacañang Palace, the residence and workplace of the Filipino president. Finally, the Mayers travel to Malaysia, where they tour the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque.