National Geographic : 2009 May
FLASHBACK NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ISSN 0027 9358 IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, 1145 17TH ST. NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 4688. $34.00 A YEAR FOR U.S. DELIVERY, $6.00 PER SINGLE COPY INCLUDES POSTAGE AND HANDLING . IN CANADA, AGREEMENT NUMBER 40063649, RETURN UNDELIVERABLE CANADIAN ADDRESSES TO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, PO BOX 4412 STN. A, TORONTO, ONTARIO M5W 3W2. UNITED KINGDOM NEWSSTAND COVER PRICE £4.50. PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID AT WASHINGTON, DC, AND AT ADDITIONAL MAILING OFFICES. POSTMASTER: SEND ADDRESS CHANGES TO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, PO BOX 63002, TAMPA, FL 33663 3002. MEMBERS: IF THE POSTAL SERVICE ALERTS US THAT YOUR MAGAZINE IS UNDELIVERABLE, WE HAVE NO FURTHER OBLIGATION UNLESS WE RECEIVE A CORRECTED ADDRESS WITHIN TWO YEARS. PHOTO: ROBERT E. PEARY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STOCK Arctic Fix A local woman mends the fur jackets of Robert Peary's team. He slept fitfully that night---"owing to bugs!" he wrote---during a Greenland expedition in 1894-95. The U.S. Navy commander identified her as "Ahhu, the plump comfortable wife of burly Ahngeenyah," whom he met in a Saunders Island village. With funding from the National Geographic Society, the explorer sought to become the first to set foot on the North Pole. A century ago, in April 1909, he claimed victory: "The pole at last. ... My dream and ambition for 23 years!" Peary was doubted, but later vindicated. Historians now believe he came within a few miles of the geographic pole---near enough to deem his mission a success. ---Marc Silver O Flashback Archive Find all the photos at ngm.com.