archival original 2 film rolls (1,200 feet) silent b&w 16mm
Motion pictures (visual works)
title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)---archival collection
Supplementary materials: Family biographical information
Percy Bernard Eckhart was born in 1877 in Lake Forest, Illinois and died in 1969 in Lake Placid, New York. He studied at the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School. He was a lawyer including being legal counsel for the Art Institute of Chicago, a prolific oil painter and supporter of the arts.
Donated by Wendy Williams in 2017
Footage of daily life and surroundings in rural areas and port cities of the Caribbean. Film is divided between scenes of daily life in rural areas (washing clothes, breaking up rocks, transportation via cart and poled boat, local homes); daily life in towns (street scenes and restaurants, as well as military exercises past a parade review stand); and footage of monumental buildings and harbors in port cities. A significant amount of time is spent in rural villages, and attention is given to individuals rather than just large crowds. Street scenes in cities are largely of black people. Filming locations as labeled on cans include: Trinidad, Caracas, Curacao, Panama, Jamaica, Haiti, and Havana, Cuba. Thre are some intertitles identifying places and activities.
Percy B. Eckhart
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD