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REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/15/1930 - HFSID 87442

RICHARD E. BYRD The explorer typed and signed this letter to his lecture manager regarding a Detroit appearance Typed Letter Signed: "Dick", 1p, 8½x11. Dover, New Hampshire, 1930 October 15. On letterhead of Byrd Antarctic Expedition to Mr. James B.

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RICHARD E. BYRD The explorer typed and signed this letter to his lecture manager regarding a Detroit appearance Typed Letter Signed: "Dick", 1p, 8½x11. Dover, New Hampshire, 1930 October 15. On letterhead of Byrd Antarctic Expedition to Mr. James B. Pond, New York City. In Full: "I am writing instead of wiring, because I do not want any mixup with the Geographic Society, with reference to the Detroit matter. The Geographic is too close to me and I have already had one or two mixups. I don't think that I can go to Detroit for the Geographic. My decision must hinge upon a question that I want to ask them. Can you not, therefore, hold things up and make this tentative until I hear from Washington? I am sorry, but I don't see any other way to do it. The Geographic has done more for me than any outfit in the world, and I must play the game with them. Cheerio,". On May 9, 1926, RICHARD E. 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 it is generally accepted that he succeeded. 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 Operation High Jump (1946-1947) and Operation Deep Freeze (1955-1956). JAMES B. POND ("Bim"), who became the nation's premier lecture agent, 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. Light stamping, "Ans'd Oct 17 1930", in upper left corner, file pinching (all paper intact). Folds, vertical fold between "Di" of signature. Stray ink marks on verso lightly show through in blank left margin next to last typed line. Overall, fine condition.

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