REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 12/21/1931 - HFSID 87374
Sale Price $315.00
RICHARD E. BYRD
The famed polar explorer signs a letter to "Bim", apologizing for several mistakes he has made
Typed letter signed: "Dick", in black ink, 1 page, 8½x11. Boston, Massachusetts. December 21, 1931. In part: "In your letter you have courteously told me several places where you think I have made mistakes. I admit them. That is the best way for us to communicate. You have been courteous and I am answering you courteously. Formerly I believe we would have had a little hot language about these situations which is not at all necessary. If I write any letters in the future to the auspices I will attempt to let you know about it". 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. Small tear in bottom margin. Fine condition.
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