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Academy Film Archive
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Hemming's Motor News
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Aloha Wanderwell - Wikipedia
Aloha Wanderwell was the first woman to travel the world by automobile! Starting at 16 years old in 1922.
The World's Most Widely Traveled Girl!
In her own words, the remarkable ALOHA WANDERWELL BAKER tells the true story of her amazing 7 year journey around the world in a Model T Ford with the Wanderwell Expedition in the 1920s.
Containing Aloha's 1939 memoir, “Call To Adventure,” and with exclusive newly-commissioned essays, photos and supplemental materials from the author's estate, "Aloha Wanderwell: Call To Adventure" takes the reader along on her epic trek through Europe, the Middle East, India, Japan, China, the Soviet Union, the United States, Cuba, and Africa – a thrilling adventure made all the more astounding by the fact that Aloha herself was only 16 years old when she set out to see the world by car.
Brains, Beauty & Breeches...
World Tour Offer For Lucky Young Woman…. Wanted to join an expedition…
In 1922, Idris Galcia Hall was a 16 year old schoolgirl when she answered an ad placed in the Paris Herald by self-styled adventurer Walter Wanderwell. who was just starting out to break the world’s long distance automobile record in an expedition jumpstarted by Henry Ford’s donation of a pair of Model Ts. She joined the expedition as Wanderwell's secretary, and, christened with a new stage name, Aloha Wanderwell, she soon found herself functioning as translator, driver, seamstress, all-around good will ambassador, and even actress, as she soon became the focal point for the filmed record of the trip. Along the way, she and Wanderwell fell in love and were married when the expedition reached California in 1925.
"Aloha Wanderwell: Call To Adventure" captures in vivid detail Aloha’s own impressions of the long-forgotten Wanderwell Expedition…sweeping through Italy just as Mussolini and the Fascisti were consolidating their power… braving food riots and hostile mobs in Germany, a country then reeling from the harsh reparations demanded by the victorious allies of World War I…camping at the foot of the Great Sphinx in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings… driving into Palestine, where the Jews were attempting to build a new nation… across the arid lands of India, towing the Model Ts across rivers by water buffalo. Aloha traversed the highlands of Portuguese East Africa, and nearly died of thirst in the Sudanese desert….disguised herself as a man and prayed in Mecca… hunted elephants in Indo-China, became a confidante of Chinese bandits, and was granted the title of “Honorary Colonel” in the Red Army of Siberia… and hob-nobbed with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks during a visit to Hollywood.
“Aloha Wanderwell: Call To Adventure” is a remarkable tale told by a remarkable woman.
“I hope you always Wander-well.”Warren G. Harding, Former President United States.
“My best wishes for success.”General John J. Pershing.
“You are original, my friends, the Wanderwells. I admire you.”Charles Chaplin, The World’s Greatest Comedian.
“Vojey moi a la France.”Marshal Foch, The World's Greatest Soldier.
“I would like to go with you, it’s the Life!”Douglas Fairbanks, America's Leading Man.
“If you take Doug, you will have to build a little seat and take me.”Mary Pickford, America's Sweetheart.
“Intrepid Americans.”Francisco "Pancho" Villa, Mexican Revolutionary General.
“Your motion picture is a boost for good roads."William Jennings Bryan, Former United States Secretary of State.
“Buena Suerte..."General Álvaro Obregón, Former President of the Republic of Mexico.
“I admire your pluck..."Eleftherios Venizelos, Former Prime Minister of Greece.
“Your trip to things adventurous is what the Passion Play is to Religion.”Major Franklin, President Adventures Club, Chicago.
Thank you to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the Academy Film Archives for saving , storing and preserving Aloha Wanderwell’s historical films in both 35mm Nitrate and 16mm.
The Wanderwell Expeditions 1919-1934
Inquiries Contact: Richard Diamond