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The World Through a View Finder, Part II

Betty Mayer

Silent | 1950s

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  •  Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand 
  •  On the streets of India 
  •  People watching along the Ganges River 
  •  A man jumps from a great height 
  •  Taj Mahal in Agra 
  •  Looking out on the banks of the Nile from their hotel room Cairo, Egypt 
  •  Camel ride around the Sphinx and Great Pyramids 
  •  Karnak Temple Complex near Luxor 
  •  Obelisk of Queen Hapshepsut, the tallest surviving ancient obelisk on Earth 
  •  Valley of the Kings 
  •  Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut 
  •  Greece 
  •  Corinth Canal 
  •  Temple of Apollo in Corinth 
  •  St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City 
  •  St. Peter’s Basilica  
  •  Atare della Patria in Rome, Italy 
  •  Inside the Colosseum 
  •  Olympic Stadium 
  •  Florentine skyline 
  •  Venice, with Santa Maria della Salute in the background 
  •  Gondola ride 
  •  St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) and St. Mark’s Basilica 
  •  Sightseeing in the Netherlands 
  •  Queen’s Guard outside of Buckingham Palace in London, England 
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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 Thailand, India, Egypt, Greece, Vatican City, Italy, the Netherlands, and England. In Bangkok, the Mayers visit an assortment of Buddhist temples, including Wat Arun. They see even more temples in India, where they also visit the Taj Mahal. Next, the Mayers venture to Egypt, exploring numerous ancient sites in Giza and Luxor. The couple continues their tour of the ancient world in Greece, visiting the ruins of several temples. Then, the Mayers head for Italy, making stops in Vatican City, Rome, Florence, and Venice. After a stop in the Netherlands, the couple concludes their adventure in England, where they watch the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace in London.