REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 12/09/1931 - HFSID 87379
Sale Price $315.00
RICHARD E. BYRD
Receiving an invitation to be an honored guest at a meeting for the Explorers Club, he asks his friend Bim if he may attend, not wanting to disrupt any pre-scheduled lectures
Typed letter signed: "Dick", in black ink, 1 page, 8½x11. Boston, Massachusetts. December 9, 1931. In full: "My dear Bim: I have a telegram from George Putnam asking me to be honor guest at the Annual Meeting of the Explorers Club on January 16th. I am enclosing a copy of my letter in answer [item not included]. In my reply I have given Putnam a loop hole to have another honor guest if he desires it. At your suggestion, I am accepting this invitation contingent upon your permission. If it's possible for you to have me East at that time without messing up the tour, O.K. I know you need funds and I don't want to be doing things to cut you down any more than myself,- so you better think this matter over wll and use your own judgment. Since you are on this committee, you can see that I get a square deal. Sincerely yours". Post script: "Who else is on the committee". On May 9, 1926, Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957) and Floyd Bennett became the first to fly over the North Pole. Both were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Scholars have raised questions about whether or not Byrd actually reached the North Pole but all have agreed Byrd thought he had reached the North Pole. In 1929,Byrd established the "Little America" Antarctica base and flew (indisputably) over the South Pole. He was promoted to Rear Admiral upon his return in 1930. On his Antarctic expeditions in the 1930s, Byrd discovered Marie Byrd Land and the Edsel Ford Mountains. Still exploring in his late 60s, he commanded the Operation High Jump (1946-1947) and Operation Deep Freeze (1955-1956) operations. JAMES B. POND ("Bim"), who had become the nation's premier lecture agent, had established his agency in New York in 1879. In addition to Byrd, his notable clients included Mark Twain, P.T. Barnum, Thomas Nast, James Whitcomb Riley, Henry Stanley and Booker T. Washington. Normal mailing folds. Hole in top left corner. Ink stamp. Fine condition.
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