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On top of the world! In September 1909, The New York Times published Robert Peary’s claims of reaching the North Pole in April of that year, crediting him with the pole’s discovery. However, just a week earlier, another newspaper claimed that Frederick Cook had reached the pole the year before. Both claims have been disputed since then, but they were sensations at the time.

The journey to the North Pole inspired commemorative figurines, souvenirs and games. This North Pole game has a patent date of 1910. It is a game of skill in which the player rolls one of the included metal balls along the winding track, earning points for each hole the ball passes without falling in. The rules are printed on the back of the board, along with a scene of two explorers approaching the pole.

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