Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922)
A large lecture-tour poster, printed in red and black, and incorporating a half-tone portrait of Shackleton, [Burton-on-Trent: 1913], 76.5 x 51cm., announcing 'Immense Attraction./Town Hall, Burton-on-Trent/The Burton-on-Trent Municipal Officers' Guild/has arranged with the Lecture Agency, Ltd., of London, for/Sir Ernest Shackleton/C.V.O., F.R.G.S/to give his/lecture/entitled:/"The South Pole"/Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8/In addition to giving a popular account of his own South Polar Expedition, Sir Ernest will describe/and explain the Expeditions under Capt. Scott and Capt. Amundsen. The Lecture will be fully illustrated from Photographs and some/very striking Kinematograph Films taken during the Expedition.. Reserved Seats, 3/-... Late Cars will be run to Ashby.' (Light old creasing).
An interesting rare ephemeral item from the period just before Shackleton announced his plans for what became the 'Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition': an announcement was made in The Times on 29 December 1913.