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Photographer Frank Hurley images on new stamp issue

The work of photographer Frank Hurley is used on eight new stamps being issued by the Royal Mail on 7 January 2016. The set is being issued to commemorate Ernest Shackleton's polar voyage of 1914-1916. Shackleton's ship Endurance became stuck in ice and Shackleton with six companions then braved a voyage of 720 nautical miles in an open boat to the whaling stations of South Georgia to get help for his crew. They were finally rescued in August 1916.

The stamps' images have been created from the original glass photographic plates held by the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, and the Royal Geographical Society, London, and taken by Hurley.   the Mint Stamps feature eight scenes captured by pioneering photographer Frank Hurley. The subjects are: Entering the Antarctic Ice 1st Class, Endurance Frozen in Pack Ice 1st Class, Striving to Free Endurance £1.00, Trapped in a Pressure Crack £1.00, Patience Camp £1.33, Safe Arrival at Elephant Island £1.33, Setting Out for South Georgia £1.52, and Rescue of Endurance Crew £1.52

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Comment by Alan Griffiths on January 4, 2016 at 14:34

Thanks for this notification Michael - very helpful.

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