National Geographic : 1936 Jan
Photograph byMaynard Owen Williams TRACTOR TREADS IN THE FOOTPRINTS OF MARCO POLO With the Haardt Trans-Asiatic Expedition, first to cross Asia by motorcar, went Dr. Maynard Owen Williams, chief ofThe Society's Foreign Editorial Staff. Overcoming mountain barriers two and a half miles high, ice fields, vast deserts, and plains inhabited by bandit tribes, eleven members oftheexpedition made the 7,370-mile journey from Syria to China in ten months-April, 1931, to February, 1932. A wealthofphotographs, thefirst innatural color of Central Asia, and much valuable scientific data were obtained concerning little-known tribes, villages, and historic sites. Above, theexpedition passes beneath the dusty walls of Farah, Afghanistan.