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After 33 years

The September 11 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained photographs of the recovery of a Swedish man who died in 1897 while attempting to travel to the North Pole by hydrogen balloon.

Salomon August Andrée (1854-1897) apparently passed away either from trichinosis or from carbon monoxide poisoning. The recovery of his body and that of the others on his expedition was a grand event in Sweden; they received a state funeral at which King Gustaf V spoke.

In more recent years, researchers have come to believe that attempting to travel to the pole by balloon was an ill-advised idea, and that the expedition died needlessly.

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