TERRA NOVA "Menu - June 22nd 1911. Winter Quarters. Cape Evans"
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TERRA NOVA "Menu - June 22nd 1911. Winter Quarters. Cape Evans"
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"Menu - June 22nd 1911. Winter Quarters. Cape Evans", manuscript menu, in red and black ink, 4-pages (written on 2, one with title as above; inside "B.A.E. 1910" with menu on 17 lines, "Consommé - Seal. Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding... Caviare Antractic... Walnut Toffee... Wines: Sherry... Liquers. Cigars... Buzzard's Cake") on headed paper with British Antarctic Expedition emblem, slightly dust-soiled, 8vo, [22 June, 1911]



    "Midwinter Day, June 22nd, was our 'Christmas,' and it marked our sounding the depths of Polar night... The Hut had been entirely transformed from its customary appearance, by the draping of Unions Jacks and sledging-flags, and we sat down... to a feast, the bounteousness of which seemed almost incredible after our customary simple fare. A specially excellent brew of seal soup was followed by a huge sirloin of roast beef (from our store in the ice-cave) and Yorkshire pudding... Those who have never been deprived of it for many months have never relished the national dish of Old England as we did that day. It was food for the gods!. Then a huge plum-pudding... champagne flowed ad lib..." (Herbert G. Ponting, The Great White South, 1921, pp.139-142).

    Provenance: Frederick.J. Hooper (1891-1955), steward and member of the Shore Party; by descent.
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