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REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/08/1926 - HFSID 253335

Richard E. Byrd wrote this letter in on his personalized stationery in 1926, the year of first North Pole flight, to thank the recipients for the reception that they gave him. He also regretted not being able to bring the Josephine Ford, the plane he used for the flight.

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ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD
Richard E. Byrd wrote this letter in on his personalized stationery in 1926, the year of first North Pole flight, to thank the recipients for the reception that they gave him. He also regretted not being able to bring the Josephine Ford, the plane he used for the flight.
Autograph letter signed "RichardEByrd". 2 pages, 5½x8½, 1 sheet, front and verso, on Byrd's personalized stationery. In full: "My dear Mrs. Barnum, I want to thank you and through you the member of the Junior League of syracuse [sic] for the wonderful reception and hospitality you all extended to me the other day. I shall never forget it as long as I live. I have been received in many places but there was something very lovely about the spirit of your welcome. which made a deep impression on me. not content with all of this you have helped me much with my [illegible]. I'm sorry I cannot be there with the 'Josephine Ford", but I do hope to have the pleasure of coming back again. Cordial regards to you and all I met in syracuse [sic] - not forgetting the great kiddies. Your [sic] very sincerely". The Josephine Ford was the Fokker F7-A-3M tri-motor plane flown by Byrd during his first North Pole flight on May 9, 1926. Edsel Ford named it after his daughter Josephine when he bought it for Byrd. Byrd (1888-1957, born in Winchester, Virginia) made the first of his four expeditions to Antarctica between 1928 and 1930, during which time he established the "Little America" base and became the first man to fly over both the North and South Poles. Subsequent expeditions were made between 1933 and 1935 and between 1939 and 1941. Byrd detailed his adventures in books and on the lecture circuit following his returns to the U.S. Proceeds from his books and talks were used to finance additional expeditions, which continued through 1956. Byrd, who discovered Marie Byrd Land and the Edsel Ford Mountains, was given the honorary title, "Mayor of Antarctica". Lightly toned, stained and creased. Show-through touches body of letter but not signature. Folded in half and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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