Framed picture, Scout greeting

Roald Amundsen wrote a greeting to Norwegian scouts in 1925: “Never lose sight of the goal you have set yourself in life, but always work your way toward it. Take no detours and let the means be honest, then you will probably win in the end. Only through resistance and in battle is victory won, I wish you all the best.”

In thanks, he received this signed picture with the greeting, “Dear Roald Amundsen, Thank you very much for the greetings to the scouts. H. Møller Gasmann.” Gasmann was one of two who founded the Norwegian Boy Scout Association.

In 1926, and for a few years after, the Scout Association celebrated Roald Amundsen Day on December 14 in memory of his arrival at the South Pole.

Amundsen’s greeting is also printed in the book Norwegian Scouts: Norwegian Boy Scouts Association through 25 years, 1911-1936.

Click to see the book at the National Library of Norway (Norwegian)

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1872
Roald Amundsen born July 16
1880
Starts at Otto Andersen’s School
1886
Jens Engebreth Amundsen dies
1887 – 1889
Polar interest aroused
1890
Starting university
1893
Gustava Amundsen (née. Sahlqvist) dies
1893
Mountain ski tour with Urdahl and Holst
1894
Hunting in Arctic waters with the Magdalena
1895
Ship’s Officer’s exam
1896
Hardangervidda with Leon
1897 – 1899
Belgica expedition
1899
Cycling from Christiania to Paris
1900
Studying geomagnetism in Hamburg
1903 – 1906
Gjøa expedition
1907
Polar bears as draft animals
1908
Amundsen buys Uranienborg
1909
The North Pole reached?
1910 – 1912
Fram expedition
1914
Amundsen becomes a pilot
1916 – 1917
The polar ship Maud is being built
1918
Maud expedition
1922
Nita and Camilla move in
1923
Uranienborg for sale
1924
Amundsen goes bankrupt
1925
To 88 degrees north
1925
Framed picture, Scout greeting
1926
Norge expedition
1927
Lecture tour in Japan
1928
Latham flight
1934 – 1935
Uranienborg becomes a museum
1938
Betty’s house burns down
2015
A chest full of photographs is discovered
2020
Roald Amundsen’s home goes digital