Monthly Archives: April 2014

Amundsen shooting the sun

“Taking an observation at the pole”. In: “The South Pole”, by Roald Amundsen, 1872-1928. P. 112, Volume II, Library Call Number M82.1/99 A529s, NOAA Photo Library. “Using Amundsen’s diary, Roland Huntford (in The Amundsen Photographs) describes the photo as “Shooting … Continue reading

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Amundsen’s route

Amundsen’s route to the South Pole, in red [image via]

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Amundsen reaches the South Pole

Amundsen and his team reached the South Pole on 14 December 1911. “Roald Amundsen, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel and Oscar Wisting (l–r) at “Polheim”, the tent was upright at the South Pole on 16 December 1911. The top flag is … Continue reading

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Crucial adjustments

Olav Bjaaland shaving off 2/3 of the sledges’ weight without compromising their sturdiness; Amundsen’s South Pole Expedition, 1910-12. “[Oscar] Wisting is sitting in the Great Ice Barrier and sewing tents on his Singer—in +14°…He is sewing new, light groundsheets in … Continue reading

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Amundsen in his hut

Amundsen in his hut, 1911 [image via]

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Scott and the Terra Nova polar party, man-hauling, 1911-12 [image via]

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Scott of the Antarctic

Robert Falcon Scott and the Terra Nova shore party, 1911 [image via]

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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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The Heart of the Antarctic

FIRST EDITION, NUMBER 4 OF 300 COPIES SIGNED BY ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE SHORE PARTY. Price realized: £15,000 Christie’s London, 15 October 2009

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