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Unpacking Sledge and Setting up Camp

Miscellaneous Antiquities

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Collection Miscellaneous Antiquities
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Object ID ZBA2283.10
Description No 10. from Players cigarette cards, second series of 25, 'Polar Exploration'. The front depicts a four-man sledge team, one shovelling snow round the bottom of the tent, one man inside and two more unloading rolled sleeping bags, with the caption: 'Player's Cigarettes SETTING UP CAMP'. Reverse: 'Unpacking Sledge and Setting up Camp. Scott's men generally marched fifteen miles a day when hauling their own sledges, and at the signal to halt the loads would be unstrapped, the tent pitched, and the cook for the day would disappear inside. While the cook prepared the supper the other three men in the team would pile snow and ice on the "valance" of the tent and secure it against a possible blizzard. The sleeping bags would then be passed in, everything outside would then be placed in the best position to avoid snowing up, and the tired hungry team would gather in the tent, eat their meal, and turn in. The fur sleeping bags were known as the "friends of man" by some wag amongst the seamen.'
Date made 1916

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials card
Measurements Overall: 1 mm x 67 mm x 36 mm
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