Oldest National Geographic Film
The oldest film in our collection dates back to 1903. The footage was shot during the Ziegler polar expedition of 1903–1905. The explorers’ ambitious intent was to reach the North Pole. Unfortunately, they encountered perilous ice packs and failed in their attempt. The party remained stranded north of the Arctic Circle for two years before being rescued; miraculously, all but one of its members survived. The expedition was funded by William Ziegler (who made his fortune as one of the founders of the Royal Baking Powder Company) and led by Anthony Fiala (an artist and soldier turned explorer).
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