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Lot No. 2794

Auction No. 27
Category Commonwealth & Foreign
Est. $250
Status Auction Pending

 

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India 1924 (6th Aug) Mount Everest Expedition led by General CG Bruce. A pictorial postcard showing Mt Everest from the base camp in the Rongbuk Valley, Tibet with "Dispatched by Postal Runner to India" printed above message. Addressed to an SE Barrett in Staines, Middlesex, it is signed "Best Wishes JBL Noel Captain Mt Everest Expedition" who was the photographer & movie camera operator for the accent. The postcard has the blue mountain cinderella cancelled by Rongbuk Glacier Base Camp cachet in red with India ┬Ża & 1a KGV stamps pmkd Darjeeling 3 SEP 24. Odd light tone spot otherwise fine. It was an ill-fated attempt with the two man team of Mallory & Irvine disappearing into the mist only a couple of hundred feet short of the summit. The body of Mallory was found in 1999 but Irvine is yet to be were found. Even today there is debate as to whether they were the first to reach the summit. Also a "Mt Everest Expedition, 1924 Leader - Gen Hon CG Bruce, CBE Explorers Films Ltd Controlling the Photographic Section headed original note paper signed "With best wishes from Francis Helps". He was the official artist to the expedition. Scarce items full of history with a personal touch by Noel who filmed the tragedy.

 

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