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Carry Wagner (1896-1993) traveled the world with her 16mm camera from 1939-1965 documenting what she saw with a steady hand, always in color.  Her footage was used by filmmaker Joel Katz to create Dear Carry in 1997, a film about Carry Wagner, Joel Katz, exploring the world, and what filmmakers leave behind when they depart. 

The 70 reels of Kodachrome in this collection contain footage shot in such varied locales as South Africa, Germany immediately after WWII, Madeira, Algiers, Malta, Rhodes, Israel, Turkey, Corsica, Japan, Ceylon, and more.

The Max Tennis Collection was donated in 2007 to the HFA by Leo & Barbara Karas (Max Tennis's grand niece and her husband). Max Tennis, a graduate of Harvard’s medical school, worked as a pediatrician half the year, traveling the world the other half. From 1930-1955, he recorded his travels with his 16mm camera.

92 reels, 60 in color, document pre-WWII Europe, Japan, & China. During WWII, Tennis traveled within the USA. Footage also includes Syria & Turkey, Mexico, the Pacific Islands, South Sea Islands, Bali, Africa, and Israel.

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