archival original 5 film rolls (3,050 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title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)---archival collection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 is from cruise to the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific from January 9 to May 9, 1936. Activities depicted include cruise ship life and beaches; landscapes and harbors; monumental buildings and ruins, including interior shots; and brief shots of local people on streets, at leisure, and at work. Footage is largely touristic; historic sites and monuments, crowded street scenes in port cities, and companions at leisure in restaurants or on the cruise ship. Shots of locals tend to be either in city crowds or in performances, usually dances or concerts in traditional dress. Camera is curious about locals but rarely records more than brief, unstaged moments. Filming locations as listed on reels and in intertitles include: Trinidad (Port of Spain); Brazil (Bahia, Rio de Janeiro); St. Helena; South Africa (Cape Town, Kimberly, Pretoria, Durban); India (Bombay, Udaipur, Amber, Jaipur, Delhi, Agra and Taj Mahal); Indochina/Cambodia (Angkor); Ceylon/Sri Lanka (Kandy); Indonesia (Bali, Java); Philippines (Manila); Hong Kong; China (Beijing, Shanghai); Hawaii (Honolulu).
Percy B. Eckhart
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD