25 September 2003
SIR ERNEST HENRY SHACKLETON (1874-1922)
National Phonograph Co. (manufacturers). A wax cylinder record, titled My South Polar Expedition by Lieut. E.H.Shackleton. Orange, New Jersey, USA: National Phonograph Co., [recorded: 30 March 1909]. 105mm. long, 55mm. external diameter. Contained within original paper-covered cardboard tube with cover, titled 'Edison Amberol Record. 4 MIN.'
A VERY RARE FOUR MINUTE RECORDING OF SHACKLETON'S VOICE. Recorded in New Zealand, a week after his return to civilisation, he summarises the achievements of the expedition: 'We reached a point within 97 geographical miles of the South Pole; the only thing that stopped us from reaching the actual point was the lack of 50lbs. of food. Another party reached, for the first time, the South Magnetic Pole; another party reached the summit of a great active volcano, Mount Erebus. We made many interesting geological and scientific discoveries and had many narrow escapes throughout the whole time.' Shackleton made a second recording in 1910 which was issued on a double-sided 78-r.p.m. phonographic disc, the flip-side of which was a recording of Peary describing his expedition to the North Pole.
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