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June 19, 2020

The Real Tintin: Rare Vintage Photos of Palle Huld, a Teenage Boy Who Travel Around the World in 44 Days in 1928

Palle Huld (August 2, 1912 – November 26, 2010) was a Danish film actor and writer. He appeared in 40 films between 1933 and 2000. He was born in Hellerup in Denmark. His journey around the world at the age of 15 in 1928 reportedly inspired Hergé to create Tintin.

In 1928 the Danish newspaper Politiken held a competition in honor of Jules Verne, the prize being, rather fittingly, an around the world trip. The competition was open only to teenaged boys who would be assisted to circumnavigate the globe in 46 days unaccompanied and by using any means of transportation with the exception of aviation.

Fifteen year old Palle Huld from Hellerup was chosen as the winner from hundreds of applications. On March 1, 1928 he left Denmark and traveled through England, Scotland, Canada, Japan, Korea, China (Manchuria), the Soviet Union, Poland and Germany. In 44 days he made it back to Copenhagen to the cheers of a crowd of twenty-thousand. Shortly after his homecoming he made an additional journey (now mostly dressed in his scout uniform) to Sweden, England (where he met Baden-Powell) and France (where he laid a bouquet of flowers at the grave of Jules Verne).

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