REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/26/1931 - HFSID 87372
Sale Price $337.50
RICHARD E. BYRD
The famed polar explorer signs a letter to "Bim", discussing the possibility of lecturing in Canada
Typed letter signed: "Dick", in black ink, 1 page, 8½x11. Boston, Massachusetts. December 26, 1931. In full: "Dear Bim: What are the prospects for booking lectures in the principal cities of Canada, especially those nearest the East? It would seem lectures in the thickly populated areas would prove feasible, all the more so because I have never lectured in Canada. Is it too late in the day to strike in Montreal, Ottawa, etc. Hastily 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 right corner. Fine condition.
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