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Afghanistan archaeology ; Chicken egg embryo

Identifier: Film Collection no. 34

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Afghanistan Archaeology. Walter Ashlin Fairservis, archaeologist at the AMNH, discusses archaeological findings in Afghanistan. While on an archaeological tour in Afghanistan, he and his wife, Jan, discovered considerable evidence of ancient civilization in this region. Films of Afghan desert life include a contemporary analysis of harems. Jan Fairservis is seen in the television studio discussing various pieces of a harem costume. SEGMENT 2: Chicken Egg Embryo. In this segment Alexis Romanoff, professor of chemical embryology at Cornell University, explains how eggs are incubated and hatched. A film entitled Embryo Film, produced by Ralston Purina Co. is shown. Story of the Fox, a film made by RKO Radio Pictures and Patȟ Pictures Inc., is also shown in this broadcast.


  • 1953


Language of Materials



1 Film Reel (60 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (60 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid: script.


Original format: 16mm kinescope.


Originally aired July 19, 1953 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.


Charles Collingwood and Robert Northshield, hosts; Allen Reisner, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Charles Romine and John McGiffert, writers; Jac Venza production design; Gene Milford, supervisor of film.

Alternate titles

Adventure (Television program) -- Embryo film -- Story of the fox -- Chicken egg embryo

Afghanistan archaeology ; Chicken egg embryo, 1953
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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