[First day cover and correspondence]

Maker and role
Ross Sea Committee, Author
Edmund Percival Hillary, Author
Production date

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Framed commemorative memorabilia, three items. First day cover (20 January, 1958) and letter (December 1957) updating the unnamed receiver on the Trans-Antarctic Expedition, with mention of tractor use through the Skelton Glacier. Second letter, a copy, is addressed to Hillary years after the trip (2005) and mentions finding the original memorabilia and asks him to personally sign the original Ross Sea Committee letter. This first letter consequently has a printed and, likely original, signature by Hillary.

The first day envelope features an illustration on the front showing two men (presumably Edmund Hillary and Vivian Fuchs) shaking hands in a snowy landscape. They stand beside a sled dog team and a Tucker Sno-cat vehicle. A De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver flies low overhead. There is a Ross Dependency stamp are at top right, and the envelope is stamped by Ross Dep. Scott Base. The envelope is addressed to a Mr. Challis.
Physical description
2 letters, 1 envelope (framed) ; 60.7 x 48.2 cm
Record level
Credit line
Ross Sea Committee et al. 1957-1958
2005. [First day cover and correspondence], MSS-2021-12.1. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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