Typewriter of the moment, and cold: Antarctic explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard


Wikipedia caption: Polar explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard in front of his typewriter in the Terra Nova hut at Cape Evans (Ross Island, Antarctica). August 30, 1911. British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Ponting Collection)

Wikipedia caption: Polar explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard in front of his typewriter in the Terra Nova hut at Cape Evans (Ross Island, Antarctica). August 30, 1911. British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Ponting Collection)

Even in the Antarctic, scientists and explorers need to write their findings down. A typewriter was the state-of-the-art tool in 1911. Here we see Apsley Cherry-Garrard with his typewriter, on expedition.

Cherry-Garrard probably used that machine to write the notes, if not the actual text, for his account of the expeditionThe Worst Journey in the World:

The Worst Journey in the World is a memoir of the 1910–1913 British Antarctic Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott. It was written and published in 1922 by a member of the expedition, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, and has earned wide praise for its frank treatment of the difficulties of the expedition, the causes of its disastrous outcome, and the meaning (if any) of human suffering under extreme conditions.

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4 Responses to Typewriter of the moment, and cold: Antarctic explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    I was surprised to learn about him — not on my radar before I found his typewriter.

    Astonishing stories.

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  2. The Franklin Expedition was a bad journey too from what I have read. At least Cherry-Garrard got home to write about it.. I will have to check it out.

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  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Thanks!

    Where did you find the link?

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  4. James Hanley says:

    It’s probably been two or three years since I stopped by here, but I stumbled across a link to you today. Good to see you’re still blogging, and I hope you’re well.

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