REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/21/1931 - HFSID 87375
RICHARD E. BYRD
The famed polar explorer signs a letter to "Bim", discussing booking future lectures, not wanting to "lose a nickel on any date you are able to book for me"
Typed letter signed: "Dick", in black ink, 1 page, 8½x11. Boston, Massachusetts. December 21, 1931. In full: "Dear Bim: As I wrote you before, I don't think it is fair that I should take time out to lecture for any friends where it will keep you from booking me. If you are able to book me on the 25th of January, then it would not be proper for me to give this lecture in Boston? When will you know where or not you will be able to book me for that date? I assume, if you are not able to book me, it will be all right for me to make this lecture. This is important. How soon can you tell me whether you can book the 25th as I must give the club final notice? The reason I have taken this attitude is I don't want you, in view of your financial condition, to lose a nickel on any date you are able to book for me. 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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