Photographers, explorers, naturalists, authors, and native Kansans, Martin and Osa Johnson traveled the world from 1917-1936. The Johnsons are best remembered for their numerous movies and books about the wildlife and people of Africa, Borneo, and the South Seas. They popularized camera safaris and introduced Americans to a larger world. In the 1930s, Kansas husband-and-wife team Osa and Martin Johnson, flying two Sikorsky amphibian aircraft painted in animal motifs, covered 60,000 miles and photographed the land and peoples of Africa. The Johnsons introduced Depression-era audiences to the beauty of East Africa with their popular travel books and safari documentary films like Baboona. They circled the world six times, bringing their experiences to the screen for all to see. Their most famous film CONGORILLA (for which project this certificate was presumably issued to fund), took two years to make and required the husband and wife team to live with pygmies for seven months. Their achievements are preserved by the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Osa’s hometown of Chanute, Kansas.
This program is related to the Women’s History Month as Osa Johnson was one of the most famous female explorers and adventurers. More about her life and work you can find on National Women’s History Museum.