REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/10/1930 - HFSID 87431
Sale Price $337.50
RICHARD E. BYRD
The American explorer signed this typed letter to his agent regarding a failure to accomplish something for him
Typed Letter Signed: "Dick", 1p, 8½x11. On his Byrd Antarctic Expedition stationery but written "On Train Enroute Lansing, Michigan", 1930 December 10. To his lecture tour agent, James B.Pond, New York City. In full: "I am enclosing a letter I have written to Mrs. Astor. I did ask you to get in touch with her, because Lofgren heard me. As Vincent Astor has helped me out many a time when I have been in financial difficulties, I feel very badly indeed about this matter. It puts me in an extremely bad light. I am afraid you have let me down a bit here. I would never have called you if I had not considered it important; and not hearing further from me I consider should think that you would at least have wired me. What's the good of my emphasizing things as I did to you, if you do not take action, - and I certainly emphasized the importance of this." Two words (bolded) and the cross outs in Byrd's hand. 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. CHARLES E. LOFGREN was a member of Byrd's expedition. Philanthropist and shipping magnate VINCENT ASTOR owned United States Lines. Lightly creased. Staple holes at upper left margin, penciled "File" (unknown hand) at upper right margin. Fine condition.
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