The Museum recently received a wonderful gift from Isaac Lagnado, Bowdoin class of ‘71: nearly 200 Arctic- and Antarctic-themed photographs!
This is one of my favorites from the set - a shot of Bernard Hubbard, a Jesuit priest who led trips to Alaska for over 30 years, and became known as the “Glacier Priest.” In this photo from 1934, Hubbard and his lead dog Katma, wearing improvised gas masks, stand beside a volcanic crater in Alaska’s Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.
Read more about Lagnado’s donation, and see a slideshow of other photos, at the Bowdoin website here.
I always enjoy seeing photos of and learning the names of dogs from historic Arctic and Antarctic expeditions and just day-to-day life, since they made a lot of it possible in the first place.
also I may have to convince Beck to let me put a gas mask on her for ~dog fashion~
omg this blog. maddie the coonhound standing on things.
“Russia, polar region of West Siberia, Tazovsky Peninsula. Reindeer breeding is one of the basic means of employment for the indigenous population of this region. All pieces of land suitable for pasture are assigned to families of reindeer breeders, or Sovkhoz brigades. Reindeer grazing freely in search of reindeer lichen overnight can disperse across few kilometers. Here, the foreman of the shepherds examines a herd with the aid of binoculars.”
“19th century coal miners would traditionally take canaries in cages down into the mine with them. The birds would act as an early warning system for carbon monoxide gas. When the canary stopped singing the miner would know that he had to escape the chamber he was in.”
“This particular yellow canary was obviously a favoured pet as well as a working bird. Inscribed with the legend : ‘In Memory of Little Joe. Died November 3rd 1875. Aged 3 Years’”
this is quite lovely- a bird that wasn’t just a tool for the miners, he was an individual and obviously well-loved.
shit I love sun bears