Tuesday, November 9, 2010

1924 Admiral Peary The Man Who Thought He Found the North Pole

Robert Edwin Peary (1856 - 1920) was an American explorer who claimed to have been the first person, on April 6, 1909, to reach the geographic North Pole. He was the first explorer to study and use Inuit survival techniques, build igloos and use Inuit to drive dog-sled teams and provide back-up support. Unfortunately, Peary, in his final expedition, was some 8 km or 5 miles short of his destination.

This is a beautiful photogravure of Peary dressed in the furs that he wore on his expedition in front of a mock up of a globe with the American Flag and “Peary 1909” centered on the North Pole.

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