National Geographic : 1959 Jul
Half-mast at the South Pole, the Flag Honors Admiral Byrd The naval explorer took his coun try's colors to the ends of the earth on his historic first-time flights over the North and South Poles. On Admiral Byrd's death in March, 1957. this wind-frayed banner over man's first habitation at the South Pole dipped in mourning for 10 days. Soon thereafter, the flag came down for six months of night. "Nailed to the Pole," wired Robert E. Peary of the Stars and Stripes after he reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909. Peary cut out six sections and left them at key points on his travels north; two have been recovered. Stained and patched, Admiral Peary's silk flag now rests in Ex plorers Hall at the National Geo graphic Society. Marines (below) stand guard during ceremonies on May 6, 1955, when Mrs. Marie Peary Stafford presented the ban ner to The Society on behalf of her mother. KODACHROMESBY PAULA. SIPLE (LEFT), AND NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHER VOLKMARWENTZEL© N.G.S.