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ROBERT PEARY (1856-1920)
"Stars and stripes nailed to the Pole."
ROBERT PEARY (1856-1920)

June 1906: Robert Peary, His Flag Waves Above Cape Stallworthy [Cape Thomas Hubbard]

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ROBERT PEARY (1856-1920)
June 1906: Robert Peary, His Flag Waves Above Cape Stallworthy [Cape Thomas Hubbard]
gelatin silver print
various annotations in pencil and labels affixed (on the mount);
date, various annotations in pencil/ink, date stamps, various labels, typed credit and caption on collection label affixed (on the reverse of the mount)
image: 9¾ x 7¼in. (25 x 19cm.)
mount: 14 x 9in. (36 x 23.3cm.)
Provenance
Archive of Admiral Peary.
Gifted to the National Geographic Society by Mrs. Peary.
Literature
National Geographic magazine, October 1954, p. 523.
National Geographic magazine, January 1963, p. 18.

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This photograph depicts the historic silk Stars and Stripes made by Robert Peary's wife in 1898. He wore it about his body while in the field, and when he reached five of his objectives toward the Pole, he left behind a remnant of the flag. The flag was presented to the National Geographic Society in 1954.
The photograph of Peary displays the flag before he cut the fragment he was to leave in the cairn at Cape Thomas Hubbard. In the foreground, Peary's equipment rests on the rock slope. This remnant was later recovered from Cape Thomas Hubbard.

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