REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/11/1932 - HFSID 87364
Sale Price $337.50
RICHARD E. BYRD
He signs a letter to a friend, discussing future lectures
Typed letter signed: "Dick", in black ink, 1 page, 8½x11. Boston, Massachusetts. January 11, 1932. In part: "Regarding the Winchester lecture: Why don't you handle this direct from now on with J.V. Arthur, 40 Rouss Ave., Winchester? I have a letter from him saying he would like to hear from you. The auditorium there, I believe, will seat about 1700. It will, I think, be all right to give Winchester the 25th, leaving the earlier date for anything you have, and Washington, Pa. for the 26th. I will leave it in your hands so as to have smooth running and harmony". 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. Normal mailing folds. Fine condition.
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