Description: Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), alongside Tenzing Norgay, was the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest (May 29, 1953). He boldly signed this photograph of him and another person scaling a snowy incline. The upper left corner has a close-up shot of his smiling face beneath a hat and sun goggles.
Hillary’s first major climb was Mount Ollivier in 1939. After conquering Everest, Hillary was part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1958, during which time he reached the South Pole. He later accompanied Neil Armstrong in a flight that landed at the North Pole (1985), making him the first man to stand at both poles and the summit of Mt. Everest. He served as a Royal New Zealand Air Force navigator during World War II, and from 1985 to 1988 he served as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to India and Bangladesh as well as Ambassador to Nepal. Hillary also established the Himalayan Trust, an organization dedicated to assisting the Sherpa people of Nepal.
Photograph matted to: 9 ¼” x 7”. Overall: 15 ½” x 13 ½”. Item #A01119.
Condition: Not examined out of frame, though appears to be in very good condition.