REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/14/1935 - HFSID 4008
RICHARD E. BYRD
Byrd signed this typed letter to a "Mac and Dusty" in 1935. Comes with an unsigned b/w photo of Byrd's ship City of New York from his first Antarctic Expedition.
Typed letter signed "R E Byrd" in blue ink. 1 page, 7x8¾. Nov. 14, 1935. With one 3¢ "Byrd Antarctic Expedition" stamp affixed in lower left corner. In full: "Dear Mac and Dusty: It was fine of both of you fellows to think of me on my Birthday and I appreciate it greatly. This lecture tour has been pretty strenuous and it is difficult to handle any corres-pondence, and in addition, up until now, I have put in every minute possible on my book, which has finally gone to press. With my very best to you both, Sincerely yours,". Handwritten postscript in blue ink: "Hope Dusty's leg is better." Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Folded twice vertically and thrice horizontally. Otherwise in fine condition.Accompanied by: Unsignedphoto of a steamship. B/w, 9¼x7. According to penciled notations on verso (made in unknown hand) this is a ship that Byrd brought with him on one of his Antarctic expeditions - possibly The City of New York, which was part of his first expedition. Lightly toned, cracked, creased and bowed. Tackhead-sized area of paper loss near lower edge. Light impressions on image from notations on verso (not visible head-on). Otherwise in fine condition. 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".
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