The estate of Navy painter Arthur Beaumont is selling a piece of South Pole history. They claim that this is the very first watercolor painting ever painted on location, outdoors, at the Geographic South Pole. Mr Beaumont mixed torpedo alcohol with his watercolors to prevent them from freezing.
The radome shown in the picture looks just like the one that is still stashed away on the berms. I’m pretty sure it is the same one. We still have a barber pole with a sphere on it, although these had to be replaced at some point.
It would be nice if this historic painting could somehow make its way back to the South Pole but I doubt that NSF will have funds for this with the current budget crisis. [tags]Antarctica, South Pole[/tags]