Bartlett & Peary in old photographs

Today I’m pleased to present some compelling photographs  of  Captain Bob Bartlett  owned by Glen Chaytor who collects Bartlett memorabilia.

Bartlett & Peary Chaytor larger

The first shows Bartlett with Admiral Peary and his family after landing at Plymouth, England. They had traveled on the German liner, Kronprinzessin Cecilie. (Crown Princess Cecilie married the Kaiser’s son and was Germany’s last crown princess.) By the time of their trip to England, Peary had claimed the north pole and Bartlett, who broke trail most of the way there, was celebrated for traveling “the farthest north” before Peary. With the two men was Peary’s son, Robert Jr., his daughter, Marie, known as “the snow baby” as she had been born in Greenland, and his wife, Josephine Diebitsch-Peary, author of My Arctic Journey. After having their pictures snapped at Plymouth, Bartlett and Peary embarked on a lecture tour, solidifying their positions as great Arctic explorers.

The second photograph depicts Bartlett and Peary again, this time looking even more dapper. It was probably taken on the same tour and was sold as a post card.

More photographs of Bartlett can be found on my facebook page Captain Bob Bartlett. Meanwhile I am grateful to Glen Chaytor for his generosity in making these photographs available so that many people can share his enjoyment.

Next week I’m off to Indianapolis, IN to give a talk on Bartlett and his public image at the Popular Culture Association Conference. So I’ll post again in two weeks.

Bartlett & Peary from Chaytor

7 thoughts on “Bartlett & Peary in old photographs

  1. I also possess the second post card and I noted that on reverse it states “…AND CAPTAIN MOSES BARTLETT…”, not Captain Bob!
    Also, I possess an autograph of Captain Bob.


    • Hi Tom, That’s definitely Capt. Bob on the left with Peary on the right (as you’re looking at the photo). You can refer to other photos from the same time period to verify. Have a look at both postcards again as Peary is in both. Is the reference to Capt. Moses hand-written? There’s a good photo of Captain Moses in my book, Unchained Man, on page 85. You’ll see that he was one of the so-called “black Bartletts” with dark skin.

      You are lucky to have Bartlett’s autograph. Is it in his characteristic big bold strokes? Thanks for your interest in the blog!


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