Biography

Anthony Fiala was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1869. He began a career in illustrated journalism, including working as correspondent for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1902). He joined the United States Army and served in the Spanish-American War of 1898-1900, leaving the army as a major. Fiala worked as photographer and second-in-command on the Ziegler-Baldwin Expedition to Franz Josef Land in 1901-1902, and again as the leader and photographer on the Ziegler-Fiala Expedition to the same area in 1903-1905. Both expeditions were originally planned as attempts to reach the North Pole. Thereafter, Fiala developed and sold expedition equipment, testing items on his own smaller expeditions. He died in Brooklyn, New York, on April 8,1950.

Susan Barr

Further Reading

Barr, Susan (editor), Franz Josef Land, Oslo: Norsk

Polarinstitutt polarhandbok No. 8, 1995 Fiala, Anthony, Fighting the Polar Ice, introduction by W.S. Champ, and reports by William J. Peters, Russell W. Porter & Oliver S. Fassig, New York: Doubleday, 1906; and London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1907

The Ziegler Polar Expedition, 1903-1905. Scientific Results Obtained under the Direction of William J. Peters, Representative of the National Geographic Society in Charge of Scientific Work, edited by John A. Fleming under the auspices of the National Geographic Society by the estate of William Ziegler, Washington, District of Columbia: Judd and Detweiler, 1907

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