REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/08/1932 - HFSID 87363
Sale Price $337.50
RICHARD E. BYRD
He signs a typed letter discussing future lectures, and whether or not any will occur in New York
Typed letter signed: "Dick", in black ink, 1 page, 8½x11. Boston, Massachusetts. January 8, 1932. In full: "My dear Bim: Please let me know definitely whether or not you are booking any lectures in New York and vicinity. In and around New York my lectures have always gone pretty well. It would seem to me that there would be many clubs and organizations right outside of New York that might want me. It is an advantage to me to be in New York because I can attend to my work on my next expedition while there. Sincerely yours". 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. Hole on top left corner. Ink stamp. Normal mailing folds. Fine condition.
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