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100 year old frozen negatives from Antarctica

Anatactic expedition ship photo

The Antarctic Heritage Trust was restoring an old expedition hut in Antarctica. Inside the hut, they discovered a box of frozen negatives that had been preserved for a hundred years. The cellulose nitrate negatives were encased in a block of ice and had to be carefully thawed. A century of mold and ice could have easily ruined them, but after hours of painstaking work, the images were successfully extracted.

The frozen cellulose nitrate negatives before they were restored
The frozen cellulose nitrate negatives before they were restored

Here are just some of the recovered photos:

Chief Scientist and Geologist, Alexander Stevens, on the deck of the Aurora
Chief Scientist and Geologist, Alexander Stevens, on the deck of the Aurora
Alexander Stevens on the Aurora
Alexander Stevens on the Aurora
Big Razorback Island, McMurdo Sound
Big Razorback Island, McMurdo Sound
The Aurora ship during the Antarctic expedition
The Aurora ship during the Antarctic expedition
An iceberg at Ross Island, Antarctica
An iceberg at Ross Island, Antarctica
The Aurora at the Hut Point Peninsula
The Aurora at the Hut Point Peninsula

Quite amazing to see something this old for the first time. Imagine your lost images being recovered by someone centuries from now.

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