REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 05/28/1928 - HFSID 79711
Sale Price $595.00
RICHARD E. BYRD. Check signed: "R E Byrd", 6¼x2¾. New York, 1928 May 28. Check No. 35, drawn on Liberty National Bank, payable to the order of Byrd Antarctic Expedition for $1,153.93. Signed the year Byrd was organizing his first Antarctic expedition. Just two years earlier, on May 9, 1926, Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) and Floyd Bennett made their historic flight over the North Pole. The flight had been funded in part by business leaders that included Vincent Astor, John D. Rockefeller Jr., Rodman Wanamaker and Edsel Ford (Byrd named his plane Josephine Ford in honor of Ford's daughter). After the flight, Byrd was promoted to Commander and there was an outpouring of public support for his proposed expeditions to Antarctica.The first, funded by the National Geographic Society as well as private donations, took place from 1928-1930; the second in 1933-1935. In 1929, during his first expedition, Byrd established the "Little America" Antarctic base. On November 28-29, 1929, he and three others crossed the South Pole in a 1,600-mile airplane flight. On Byrd's second Antarctic expedition, he discovered Marie Byrd Land and the Edsel Ford Mountains. The polar explorer made three additional Antarctic expeditions through 1956. Slightly creased. Cancellation holes at date and 2 lines of writing. Show through of endorsement on verso. Overall, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 22x16.
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