Category: arctic

“At the Poles of the Earth” postcards from the Soviet Union, illustrated by Valentin Viktorov, 1976.

“At the Poles of the Earth” postcards from the Soviet Union, illustrated by Valentin Viktorov, 1976.

“THE ARCTIC AURORA” — The Northern Lights illustrated in a vintage cigarette card. From the reverse side: “The most magnificent of all natural phenomena is the Aurora Borealis, which has been observed to some extent by all living in the northern part of the United States. Words are inadequate to give more than the faintest description of the marvel. George Kennan, the celebrated explorer, writing from Siberia, where the Merry Aurora Dancers are seen at their best, writes of them. ‘A constant procession of strange forms and designs, mingling color schemes… I worked with half frozen fingers incased in silk gloves to catch these marvels.’ In their terrible awesomeness they remind the beholder of another world, filling him with trembling and half-dread.”

(New York Public Library)

A wonderful illustration of the “Arctic Zone” created by Levi W. Yaggy, published in Chicago, 1893.

(Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps)