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Tabard Cigarette Company

Tabard cigarette tin, price realized: £1,076 on 25 September 2002, Christie’s London. From the auction catalog description: “The ‘Tabard’ Cigarette & Tobacco Co. Ltd.’ a ‘Tabard’ cigarette tin, 5¼in. (13.3cm.) long, containing Shackleton’s petty cash, the majority South American small … Continue reading

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He who goes first into the fray

— F. S. Welhaven, 1807-1873, Norwegian: Protesilaos (1839-45).

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A command of vivid, forceful English

“If I said that any chapter was simply the transcription of notes taken down from Shackleton’s dictation, I should be telling an untruth. If I said that any chapter was entirely mine, I should be telling an untruth. My work … Continue reading

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The undisputed Lion

“A green and blue gauze were put together to look like the sea, and between the folds fishes were placed. On the top of this a large sheet of plate glass was laid, edged around with seaweed. In the centre … Continue reading

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The Lone Trail

THE LONE TRAIL Ye who know the Lone Trail fain would follow it, Though it lead to glory or the darkness of the pit. Ye who take the Lone Trail, bid your love good-by; The Lone Trail, the Lone Trail … Continue reading

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Thousands of pounds for one biscuit

“Thousands of pounds would not have bought that one biscuit.” — Frank Wild, 1909 Nimrod Expedition biscuit sold at Christie’s in 2000 for £4,935. Nimrod Expedition biscuit sold at Christie’s in 2011 for £1,250. (photo: Ben Stansall for AFP)

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Forced March Tablets

“Cocaine was dripped in the eye to cure snowblindness, and chalk ground up with opium was used for diarrhoea. No antibiotics in 1907 of course. Perhaps the only medications that Shackleton carried that we would still use today were aspirin … Continue reading

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The Magnetic South Pole

Right to left: Alistair Mackay, Edgeworth David (pulling string for shutter), Douglas Mawson. The Magnetic South Pole, 72º 25′ South, longitude 155º 16′ East, reached on 17 January 1909.

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King Edward VII Land Stamps

Date of issue: 1 January 1908. “These stamps were used by the Shackleton Antarctic Expedition of 1908. The 1 penny universal stamp was overprinted ‘King Edward VII Land’ by Coulls, Culling & Co.” – from New Zealand Post website “Lieutenant … Continue reading

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Merchant of Venice

Act III, Scene II. Belmont. A Room in Portia’s House. “So may the outward shows be least themselves: The world is still deceived with ornament… How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false As stairs of sand wear yet … Continue reading

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