Safari Chic: Osa and Martin Johnson

This book always seems to make it into editorial spreads, but it represents so much more than a pretty cover. In fact, the author and her husband might be the most stylish people to ever leave Kansas (besides the Hovey sisters -- hahaha!)...

"In the first half of the 20th century an American couple from Kansas named Martin and Osa Johnson captured the public's imagination through their films and books of adventure in exotic, far-away lands...Photographers, explorers, naturalists and authors, Martin and Osa studied the wildlife and peoples of East and Central Africa, the South Pacific Islands and British North Borneo...They explored then unknown lands and brought back knowledge of cultures thousands of miles away through their films, writings and lectures. From 1917-1936, the Johnsons set up camp in some of the most remote areas of the world and provided an unmatched photographic record of the wildernesses of Kenya, the Congo, British North Borneo and the Solomon and New Hebrides Islands...Their equipment was the most advanced motion pictures apparatus of the day, some of it designed by Martin Johnson himself. When the young adventurers left their home in Kansas to explore and photograph these lands, little did they realize that they would provide the world with a photographic record of the African game of unimagined magnitude and beauty..."

The Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum is located in Chanute, KS. It's amazing to live in a state (like Kansas) for 15 years and not know of its "best museum."


  1. Dylan says:

    Really a wonderful information about Martin Osa.