by Brian England
was many years after Everest was first recognised to be the highest mountain in
the world, before political conditions in
led by General Hon. G. C. Bruce C.B. was early indeed and, apart from very bad weather, was plagued by the effects of high altitude on the human body, about which, little was then known.
It was on the 1924 Expedition that G. L. Mallory and Andrew Irvine were seen going well at 8589 metres. They never returned, and, whatever disaster befell them is still unknown. What is even more intriguing is whether they died on the way to the summit or on the way back. Could the first conquest of Everest have taken place in 1924 rather than 1953, we shall probably never know. Knowing how crudely the team was equiped in 1924, this would have been a remarkable feat.
Among other features of the card illustrated, which are particularly interesting are the special 'Mount Everest Expedition' stamp and the base camp cancellation applied to it. Captain J. B. L. Nash, whose handwriting appears on the face of the card, paid from his own resources, £10,000 to be appointed official photographer to the expedition. These cards and their special stamps were devised by him. Together with the films and photographs he was able to show on his return, he hoped to make a financial success of the adventure. Captain Nash seems to have been something of an 'ideas man' as, at his suggestion, snow tractors, made by Citreon, were used in the early stages on the lower slopes.
is so often the case when you start to research your latest postcard find, it's
surprising how much interest there can be in one unusual item. Part of the
Indian Pavilion at the British Empire Exhibition Wembley was given over to