Scott’s last expedition — cigarette cards as collectables

21 Sep

At a recent society meeting in Essendon, the audience was interested in some original cigarette cards from 1913. These illustrated all aspects of Scott’s last expedition whilst the set was complete, the only significant figure left out of the series was Chief Petty Officer Edgar Evans, who some felt at that time to be responsible for the failure of the Polar Team to return.
We now know, from greater understanding of the severity of the conditions in the Antarctic that they all suffered from the same problems: lack of food, extreme cold, dehydration, but Edgar, being the biggest showed the effects soonest.

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3 Responses to “Scott’s last expedition — cigarette cards as collectables”

  1. Howard Hull September 22, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Remarkable how we always have to have someone to blame! Good to see you are restoring the honour due to him.

    • Isobel P. Williams October 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

      There are twenty-five cigarette cards in a series. The omission of Edgar Evans was deliberate.

  2. Henry Barrkman October 17, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    Hi Isobel, congratulations on your blog site, it looks terrific. Warm regards, Henry

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