osa johnsonI just finished reading Osa Johnson’s Four Years in Paradise.  I had read her other autobiographical book I Married Adventure several years ago and loved it.  Osa and her husband Martin were native Kansans (like me!) who were explorers and photographers.  In the early part of the 20th century, they traveled to Africa and the South Pacific, capturing on film the people, places, and animals they encountered.

The Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Osa’s hometown of Chanute, Kansas, displays the Johnsons’ memorabilia as well as a collection of art and artifacts from the places they visited.

Also, the clothing store Martin + Osa was inspired by the Johnsons.  Their website, www.martinandosa.com, describes the couple:  “Vibrant and courageous, they shared a passion for life and for each other. They had dreams they dared to chase and they embarked on adventures, using curiosity as their compass and love as sustenance. They weren’t just alive, they lived — fully and without compromise.”

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