Posts Tagged With: antarctica

Polar Exploration – 1916 Tobacco Cards

Original Tobacco Card Set – John Player & Sons, Polor Exploration, 2nd Series. This set of 25 cards was issued in 1916. via EBAY

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Famous Last Words of Captain Lawrence Oates

On the 800-mile return trip of Robert Falcon Scott’s unsuccessful attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole, his team desperately slogged through freezing temperatures and blizzards, trying to stay on schedule and reach the supply depots along the way. Oates’ feet were badly frostbitten, and he was slowing down the rest of the men. He volunteered to be left behind, but his comrades refused to leave him. So finally he simply walked outside his tent and into a blizzard, telling the others, “I am just going outside. I may be some time.”

Check out more famous last words over at the Art of Manliness.


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Photograph taken in January 1911 of Taylor and Wright
at the entrance of an ice grotto near Cape Evans.
The ship Terra Nova is anchored in the background.

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Stand Inside Shackleton’s Hut

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.” This was the copy in an ad that appeared in a 1913 British newspaper placed by Ernest Shackleton.

We’ve featured pictures before of Ernest Shackleton’s Cape Royds, Ross Island Antarctic Hut but never like THIS.  Google maps has added a panoramic view of the the hut to their World Wonders series.  Not unlike Google’s Street View feature, it’s like standing in the center of the room and being able to view side to side and top to bottom.  Click the picture above and imagine standing in an icebox.

Thanks to The Scout for bringing this to our attention.



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Mumm’s The Word

Jean-Baptiste Charcot – French Antarctic Expedition 1903 – 1905 – Français

Captain Charcot (left) enjoys a glass of Mumm Champagne with his cartographer, Raymond Rallier du Baty, Antarctica, Bastille Day 1904.

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Old relics inside an old building.

Photograph by: Ralph Maestas
National Science Foundation
Date Taken: February 3, 2010
The kitchen inside Robert Falcon Scott’s hut at Cape Evans, Ross Island, Antarctica. The hut was last used by Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party in 1916.

Sea ice.

Photograph by: Robert Woods, US Navy
National Science Foundation
Date Taken: March 1961
The annual sea ice had gone out in this 1961 photo of Ross Island.
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