REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/04/1937 - HFSID 85437
Sale Price $337.50
RICHARD E. BYRD
Byrd signed this typed letter in 1937 to Evelyn Byrd.
Typed letter signed "Richard E. Byrd". 1 page, 7¼x10½, on Byrd Antarctic Expedition letterhead. Oct. 4, 1937. Addressed to Miss Evelyn Byrd, New York City. In full: "My dear Miss Byrd: I have been going about a great deal lately, and it has been impossible for me to keep up with my mail. However, I offer you my apologies and hope you will understand. I fear that it is too late now for the letter of introduction to the ambassador. I am awfully sorry. I know about your work, and I want to congratulate you. Of course, I have not forgotten you. With kindest regards and all success, Cordially yours,". Byrd had a daughter and a granddaughter named Evelyn. We're not sure if the Evelyn Byrd referenced in this letter is part of his family but, based on its formal tone, we don't think so. Byrd (1888-1957, born in Winchester, Virginia) made the first of his four expeditions to Antarctica between 1928 and 1930, during which time he established the "Little America" base and became the first man to fly over both the North and South Poles. Subsequent expeditions were made between 1933 and 1935 and between 1939 and 1941. Byrd detailed his adventures in books and on the lecture circuit following his returns to the U.S. Proceeds from his books and talks were used to finance additional expeditions, which continued through 1956. Byrd, who discovered Marie Byrd Land and the Edsel Ford Mountains, was given the honorary title, "Mayor of Antarctica". Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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