A box containing 100-year old negatives was recently discovered in Antartica by Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. The discovery took place as the conservators were making an effort to restore an ancient exploration hut. During the process, they stumbled upon 22 exposed cellulose nitrate negatives that were frozen inside a block of ice.
It was only after a Wellington photography conservator was able to process the negatives that determining where and when they came from could be explained. The photos are believed to have been taken from Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Ross Sea Party. The crew at that time were helplessly waiting inside the hut after a ship wreck they experienced at sea. The negatives were only moderately damaged but could still be developed for viewing. Much of the information on the images contained landscape and portrait shots of crew before the incident had occurred. This sliver of historic discovery is exciting for anyone who cherishes adventure and the mysteries of items lost in the world patiently waiting to be found.
[Via Open Mind]