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Restored Henson Images for 2009
Copyright/restriction free for student & teacher educational use. These are essentially public domain. Enjoy!
Matt Henson back from the Pole, or leaving to go there? This is a 1909 photo on the Roosevelt that I believe was taken when he arrived back.

His face shows the strain of the the weeks of marathon like effort dashing out over hundreds of miles of treacherous arctic ice, then racing back to land. But I tend to believe this photo was taken after he had recovered; because he collapsed in exhaustion to his room. He is clean shaven, his skin doesn't show recent frostbite with wind damage.

After the Pole the entire ship had to wait until it was freed from the sea ice, so this could have been taken 2 months after the Pole. In fact, the team hunted to store up caribou and other game to later leave with the Eskimo families that had helped them. In fact, this was very important since the Eskimos had to have a winter's food supply when Peary left them.

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Verne Robinson. January 24, 2009