Photo of Scott’s disconsolate team at South Pole up for sale

Pupils have often wondered how a photograph could possibly be taken showing all five of Scott’s team in shot, given the fact that there was no-one else in the team to take it. How on earth did they manage to take a selfie over a hundred years ago?  As we all know they had an automatic trigger for the camera and all wanted to be in shot. Well, you may have thought that, but you’d be wrong. The shutter was activated by a string, operated by Henry Bowers (seated left). You can see that his right hand is not fully gloved ,as are the hands of his companions, enabling him to complete the task.

This photograph along with other ephemera such as a fork and spoon from the same expedition and the South Polar Times newspaper printed in Scott’s hut in 1912 are all up for auction.

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