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Watson Kintner

Watson Kintner (1890-1979) was a Chemical Engineer with the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), where he was an early pioneer in the standardization of the vacuum tube. Over a period of 36 years he traveled to more than 30 individual countries, beginning in 1933. Kintner's first trip was to Mexico (where he filmed painter Diego Rivera), followed by visits to Guatemala, Guyana, Ecuador, Morocco, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Australia, Iran, and Ethiopia, and many other countries. A talented amateur photographer, he filmed over 400 reels, mostly color, with a 16mm camera. He recorded with great detail the daily lives, environment, and work of the traditional cultures he visited — including handicrafts, home industries, dwellings, household arrangements, personal dress and adornment, agricultural techniques and equipment, local commerce, etc. — and largely avoided more obvious tourist destinations.


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Mexico 1939 Reel 4 of 6

Mexico 1939 Reel 5 of 6

Mexico 1939 Reel 3 of 6


Mexico 1940 Reel 1 of 4

Mexico 1939 Reel 6 of 6




Peru 1950, Reel 1 of 9



Mexico 1939 Reel 2 of 6



Nepal 1955 Reel 19 of 24


Iran 1963 Reel 16 of 25



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