Lantern slide of an explorer on a snow tractor, Antarctica. This was one of the two tractors which were left behind by Admiral Richard Byrd's expedition at Little America (No II). They were discovered half buried in the ice and snow by Lincoln Ellsworth.

One of 328 images in various formats including artworks, photographs, glass negatives and lantern slides.

Description of Content

Explorer sitting in a closed snow tractor left behind at an icy landing strip by Admiral Richard Byrd near Ver-Sur-Mer Inlet. One man is sitting on the tractor. This and another tractor were discovered half buried in the polar ice by Lincoln Ellsworth and Herbert Hollick-Kenyon when they were on their way to 'Little America' after abandoning Ellsworth's aeroplane the 'Polar Star'. These tractors were used by Herbert Hollick Kenyon and members of the Wyatt Earp's crew to later tow the 'Polar Star' back to the Wyatt Earp to be loaded on board for the return trip to the United States. The ship Wyatt Earp is in the background inscribed with the words 'Ellsworth Expedition'. The Texaco 20 Lincoln Ellsworth's spare aircraft is on the deck of the ship. Photograph taken during the Ellsworth Relief Expedition, 1935-1936.

Physical Description

Standard format lantern slide, consisting of two glass sheets each 3.25 x 3.25 ins (83 x 83mm), one pane bearing a positive transparent image and the other pane protecting the image. Sealed with paper binding strips around the four edges of the lantern slide and internally framed with a black cut-out window mask.

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