Friday, August 20, 2010

South Pole

We wrap of our series of pictures today on the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole. This photo shows the group of five men that did make it to the South Pole. As we learned this week, all of them died on the return journey. 

I also include a picture of Herbert G. Ponting, the photographer for the expedition. He was not part of the five men who made the final leg of the journey to the South Pole, and I believe he lived through the expedition, and made it home safely. Given that the men did have a picture taken at the South Pole, I have to assume that they hauled his camera in to take the picture above. My assumption is that when the camp of the perished men above was found, they recovered the camera, and hence we have the picture.


I would like to welcome all of our new readers today. Yesterday The New Yorker had a nice description of our OPOD site, and we got a lot of new visitors. Hope you all will check back in often. You can see the little article in the New Yorker Here.

19 comments:

  1. Nice write up in "The New Yorker" a little sketchy, but nice.

    I hope your new readers will make comments and let you know where they are from.

    See, Evil Nat Maas, myths don't get write ups in The New Yorker.
    Or do they? HMMM Maybe part of PJM's world domination.
    We will see. I wonder what his time table would be.
    Maybe the end of December of 2012

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  2. congratulations on the article. maybe more people can discover how great and educational old photos can be (maybe more kids will actually start reading for fun again) . keep up the great work , i have been reading this site from the beginning and hope it will be here for a long time. thanks TODD from N.C

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  3. I never write, but I am a long time fan. Congratulations! I am from Panama, Republic of Panama, and I enjoy your photos and specially, your domestic updates. Keep up the good work!

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  4. Watch out New York you are in for a treat. Now you (OPOD)are the big time!! Congrats
    Love the photos, even if this was a sad week. Learned a lot. Love all the comments and even Evil Nate Maas. I am from Illinois. Been looking in on you for a couple of years. When did you start this site?
    lam

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  5. Congratulations, PJM, on the article for OPOD! Bravo!

    I love this week's theme - maybe a week on the other side of the world cannot be far away?

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  6. I wonder what the evil Mr. Maas will do to trump that. I doubt he can.

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  7. Congrats on the national notice! I see they failed to mention the heightened superpower tensions due to the goings-on with your Arch Nemesis. I hope your new readers are not frightened off.

    If I happened upon the New Yorker article, I would think "Historic pictures? Pea-chicks? Where do I sign up!?"

    Oh, and I like the photographer's oven mitts. I would like a pair of those myself. I wonder what kind of fur they used?

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  8. Flartus: This blog: Getty Images indicates the mittens were of seal fur.

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  9. Congratulations, you're getting famous! And I too want to say this week’s failed polar expedition topic was truly fascinating.

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  10. So now we know what the "P" and "M" stand for. What about the J?

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  11. I think it stand for Jackson

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  12. Congratulations! It's nice to see this blog getting some well deserved recognition.

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  13. Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition given to your most excellent blog!

    Could you provide a link for your students' blog? That's what first brought me here.

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  14. How awesome that you're getting so much attention! I have been quietly (read: not commenting) reading OPOD for about a year. I love how this site shows that history is made up of real people just living their lives.

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  15. I think the 2nd photo with Mr. Ponting shows him with a movie camera not a still camera, judging by the shape of the case.

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  16. congrats on the article,,well deserved,,im always here, but mostly on the sidelines,,!
    oldbear,,( indiana )

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  17. Congrats PJM on your media recognition.It's about time you got a write up on your most excellent blog.I read your blog every day, love the educational aspect of it and look forward to your domestic updates. Please encourage Anna to continue with her blog, stumbled on it the other day when she left a comment on your blog,very nice indeed. I am in Australia and enjoy seeing fairdinkum life in a small US country town.
    Hmmm this Evil Nate Maas is certainly giving you a run for your money,yes he is,but I am looking forward to seeing you triumph over him. You have definately got what it takes, but then again after seeing your photo on Anna's blog, there is a hint of doubt as you have such a baby face,giving me the impression that you are a softy. Can you rise to the challenge ???????
    I shall be watching.
    Best Wishes, Annemarie

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  18. I enjoyed this week of explorers..Congrats on The New Yorker mention..soon you will be famous:)

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