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Kodak Advertisement: Inexpensive, easy-to-use cameras allowed ordinary travellers and tourists to capture on film the sights of foreign places (and then subject their friends and neighbors to vacation photos).
View the Foreign Fascination slide show Image: Scientific American, June 7, 1913
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In the beginning of the 20th century, technology and standards of living rose in Europe and America. With more spendable money and better technology for travelling (such as ships and trains) tourism and cruising became much more popular. With this exposure to the foreign there was a new appreciation for culture, art, philosophy in a much wider context than modern Western society. And with modernization abroad, science and technological expertise more easily crossed national boundaries.