REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED 1930 CO-SIGNED BY: PAUL A. SIPLE, JOHN S. O'BRIEN, JACK BURSEY, JOHN HAROLD MORRISON, ALF B. ROBINSON, LAWRENCE CLARENCE WOOLHOUSE, LIEUTENANT (JG) HARRY ADAMS, JOHN J. BAYER, ARTHUR BERLIN, JOHN BUYS, VICTOR H. CZEGKA, JOE DE GANHAL, LAURENCE M. GOULD, WILLIAMS C. HAINES, BENDIK JOHANSEN, RICHARD W. KONTER, CHARLES E. LOFGREN, FREDERICK C. MELVILLE, THOMAS B. MULROY, CHARLES J. MCGUINNESS, RUSSELL OWEN, SVERRE STRON, JOHN L. SUTTON, GEORGE W. TENNANT, WILLARD VAN DER VEER, VACLAY J. VOJTECH, W. HOWARD KELLY, H.B. CREAGH - HFSID 24063
Sale Price $1,360.00
RICHARD E. BYRD and 1928-1930 ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION MEMBERSThe famed explorer pens his name along with a sentiment on a slip of paper affixed to a larger sheet, which also features the clipped signatures (spread across 3 pages) from members of his Antarctic expedition that spanned from 1928-1930! Extremely Rare! Autograph Sentiment Signed: "Best wishes/ R E Byrd" on a 3x2½ slip of yellow paper, affixed toward the top edge of an 8½x11 sheet. 3 pages (2 sheets, both front and verso of 2nd sheet contain affixed signatures). Sheet 1:"John Harold Morrison", "Charles J. McGuinness" "Paul A. Siple", "Willard Van der Veer/ Cameraman/ Byrd Arctic Expedition/ Byrd Antarctic Expedition", "Jacob Bursey/ Byrd Antarctic Exp/ Little America/ Antarctica", "John L. Sutton", "C.E. Lofgren", "Russell Owen", "unidentified" "W. Howard Kelly", "H.B. Creagh". Sheet 2 front: "Sverre Strom", "W Grabben/ Barque C. of New York/ B.A.E./ 23.6.30", "Geo W. Tennant", "Victor H. Czegka", "Vaclav J. Vojtech", "Arthur G. Fritet", "F. C. Melville", "Richard W. Konter", "John J. Bayer", "Arthur P. Berlin", "J.S. O'Brien", "Hilton L. Willcox", "John Buys/ Byrd. Exp." Sheet 2 verso: "Lieut Harry Adams", "William C. Haines", "Alf B. Robinson", "B. Johansen", "Lawrence Woolhouse", "Joe de Ganhal" and 1 unidentified! "L.M. Gould", "Tom Mulroy". The 31 signatures that accompany Byrd's signature are from members of his 1928-1930 Antarctic Expedition. 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). Both affixed signatures and sheets of paper are lightly toned. Corners and edges of sheets are gently worn. Binding holes worn and torn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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