Wax models of Peary and Cook, polar explorers, at Madame Tussaud's, London, 1909. Artist: Unknown
Wax models of Peary and Cook, polar explorers, at Madame Tussaud's, London, 1909. American explorer Robert E Peary claimed he had reached the North Pole in 1909 at his third attempt, a claim that was generally accepted. This led to a dispute with Dr Frederick A Cook who claimed he had reached the Pole in 1908. This cartoon suggests that if their likenesses were placed alongside each other in Madame Tussaud's they would tear each other limb from limb. Their images were placed in Madame Tussaud's waxworks, London. From Punch, or the London Charivari, 29 September 1909.
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