ANTARCTIC TRADE CARDS - Originally Series 2
The Antarctic (based on Ponting photograph).
047. 7. THE ANTARCTIC. Issued to members of Trex Club by J. Bibby & Sons Ltd. (1955). Card number 7 from a set of 25 entitled "This Wonderful World".
Recto: View from within ice grotto with two men near entrance and ship in distance.
Verso: THIS WONDERFUL WORLD | (A Series of 25) 7. THE ANTARCTIC. | The Antarctic, the area round the South Pole, includes a continent of over 5,000,000 square miles, which is the size of Australia and Europe without Russia. Yet not one person lives there permanently, there is not a single land creature bigger than an insect, and only mosses and lichens--not one tree! But in the seas there are whales, seals, etc., as well as fish. And, of course, there are penguins. Here, too, is the famous Ross Barrier, the greatest floating ice sheet in the world, roughly the size of France. The seaward edge is 400 miles long. The thickness of the sheet varies from 500 to 1,500 ft. Our picture shows the entrance to a vast ice-cavern hollowed out by a warm current of sea-water. | Issued to members of the | TREX CLUB | by J. Bibby & sons Ltd., Liverpool 3
Note: Image and information courtesy of Evan Jones, Wiltshire, England.