POSTED BY RUSSELL POTTER Perhaps the most significant of all the signatures in the Bradford scrapbooks is that of Captain (and later Admiral) Edward Augustus Inglefield — not only because Inglefield was the commander of three Arctic expeditions involved in the Franklin search, but because he was also a pioneering Arctic photographer — quite possibly the very… Continue reading Edward Augustus Inglefield
POSTED BY MICHAEL LAPIDES These photographs were taken by Arctic Visions: Away then Floats the Ice-Island curator Michael Lapides as part of the “Chasing the Light” voyage. The purpose of this voyage was to partially retrace Bradford’s 1869 voyage aboard the Panther.
POSTED BY MICHAEL LAPIDES Wet plate collodion photography is a featured element of the Arctic Visions exhibit. Specifically the work accomplished by photographers John L. Dunmore and George Critcherson while aboard the Panther in 1869. This is Quinn Jacobson’s short video about how to prepare and expose wet plate collodion negatives.
POSTED BY RUSSELL POTTER Looming large behind all of the polar spectacles of Bradford and Dunmore and Critcherson, as well as the career of Dr. Isaac I. Hayes, there stands the figure of Dr. Elisha Kent Kane, by far the most famous Arctic explorer of his day. He was the ship’s surgeon on the First… Continue reading Dr. Elisha Kent Kane
POSTED BY FRAN HENNESSEY Person Represented: Henry Oscar Houghton, publisher. After purchasing an 1860, 1st edition of An Arctic Boat Journey in the Autumn of 1854 by Isaac I. Hayes, I discovered two pages were stuck together. Upon separation, I discovered that this book was Dr. Hayes’ presentation copy to publisher Henry Oscar Houghton and… Continue reading “An Arctic Boat Journey” 1st edition, signed presentation copy
POSTED BY DR. P.J. CAPELOTTI, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Penn State Abington. Since 2006, three different seminar courses in American studies and Anthropology at Penn State University Abington College have sought to locate the birth and burial spots of four Arctic explorers all born in Pennsylvania. Some of these, such as the birthplace of Robert… Continue reading Location of the resting place of Isaac Israel Hayes, M.D.
POSTED BY ETHELIND WRIGHT John “Jack” Bartlett was born in Brigus, Newfoundland, on May 6, 1843, the oldest child of Abraham Bartlett and his wife Elizabeth Wilmot. He attended school in Harbour Grace. John’s father, whose given name was usually shortened to Abram, was a sea captain, sealer and fisherman and John and his three… Continue reading Captain John Bartlett of the Panther
POSTED BY FRANCES HENNESSEY This weekend, I have the opportunity to examine a signed, 1st edition presentation copy of The Open Polar Sea by Isaac I. Hayes, MD. The inside inscription reads: “To Mr. Wm Jarvis Jr. with the best regards of his friend, I. I. Hayes, New York, May 6th 1867.” The armorial bookplate of Henry… Continue reading “The Open Polar Sea” signed 1st edition
Submitted by Douglas Wamsley, an independent scholar and attorney. He has written and lectured extensively on the history of nineteenth-century Arctic exploration. In 2009 he published “Polar Hayes: the Life and Contributions of Isaac Israel Hayes, M.D.” Dr. Isaac Israel Hayes (1832-1881) was an Arctic veteran when he was invited to join the 1869 voyage of… Continue reading Dr. Isaac Israel Hayes and the Cruise of the Panther
POSTED BY RUSSELL A. POTTER One of the most persistent chimeras of nineteenth-century polar exploration, the belief in an “Open Polar Sea” was so widely-held that it was often taken as an article of faith. There is some evidence that the idea went back as far the the 16th century, but its modern history begins… Continue reading The Open Polar Sea