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1929 Photogravure Hobby Ship Arctic Expedition King's Bay Norway Ice XGA2

1929 Photogravure Hobby Ship Arctic Expedition King's Bay Norway Ice XGA2

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This is an original 1929 black and white photogravure of various scenes from the 1925 Arctic Expedition at the onset of the journey in King's Bay, Norway (Norge). Shown is the Hobby blocked by ice, the blasting of a channel, and the unloading of planes onto the ice. A PDF file describing the expedition, written by both Amundsen and Ellsworth, will be provided digitally to all buyers of the original photogravures.

This image is from Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth's 1925 flight from Spitzbergen, Norway (Norge) to 88¡ North. The expedition employed the use of two Dornier Do J flying boats, the N-24 and the N-25. The men reached 88¡ North a few miles apart without radio contact, and were able to reconnect and communicate with each other by use of semaphore. It took an entire hour to signal one plane's position to the other, and required two men-- one to signal, and the other to use a pair of binoculars to decipher the code. The N-24 was damaged, and leaking, and the forward motor had been disabled, so the men had to quickly move from the N-24 to the N-25 if they were to get back to civilization. This proved a difficult task, as the region was full of shifting ice. The men reached the N-25, and after rejoining their cohorts, pushed an estimated 300 tons of ice during twenty-five days in order to free the plane to return on their journey home. The men were eating less than a pound a day, and were using three wooden shovels, a two pound pocket safety-ax and an ice anchor to dislodge the plane. After an incredible feat, the N-25 lifted off carrying the six crew members, and reached civilization after their month long expedition.

Period Paper is pleased to offer a rare and fascinating collection of photogravures featuring the two polar flights of Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, and the American explorer, Lincoln Ellsworth. The collection offers images from the 1925 flight from Spitzbergen, Norway (Norge) to 88¡ North, as well as the first crossing of the Polar Sea on the airship Norge in 1926. These original historically-important photogravures are incredibly rare, as only a few editions exist in the world online, and they are from the second printing. These are the only images from the first printing available for individual purchase online, worldwide. The plate impression is deep and visible on all photogravures.


This 82+ year old Item is rated Fine / Very Good. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. Heavy water staining.

  • Product Type: Original Photogravure; Black / White
  • Grade: Fine / Very Good
  • Dimensions: Approximately 7.75 x 13.25 inches; 20 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: ship, Amundsen-Ellsworth, Exploration, Arctic Exploration