REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/12/1931 - HFSID 87378
Sale Price $337.50
RICHARD E. BYRD
The famed polar explorer signs a letter to "Bim", asking if it's possible to speak for the Episcopalian Club, being a Episcopalian himself
Typed letter signed: "Dick", in black ink, 1 page, 8½x11. Boston, Massachusetts. December 12, 1931. In full: "My dear Bim: Have you any objection to my giving a lecture to a small group for my friend, Larry Curtis and Mr. Hutchins? It is for the Episcopalian Club. I myself am an Episcopalian. It would not interfere with any other lecture as I could fit it in some time when it is impossible for you to get me a lecture. Sincerely yours". 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. Normal mailing folds. Hole in top left corner. Ink stamp. Fine condition.
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