Footage taken by Milton E. Merriman, 1920s-1952. Most of the footage is of China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. The remainder features the Middle East; Europe & Great Bitain; Mexico, Puerto Rico, & South America; and the United States. The edited footage was used by Mr. Merriman in his travel lectures presented during the 1950s.
Roll 5 consists od footage of China. Documentation centers on Beijing and its environs, including: the Forbidden City; the Summer Palace; the Temple of Heaven; the Drum Tower; the Bell Tower; and the Great Wall of China. Temple activities include a priest at the prayer wheel of the Lama Temple, and incense burning at a Tung Yuii Miao (temple) festival. Theatrical performances doumented include a shadow play and a puppet show in the park. Records such aspects of daily life as: toymakers; market scenes; rickshaw driving; and children's games.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD