REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 86711
Sale Price $337.50
RICHARD E. BYRD
A clipped paragraph from a letter, informing the recipient that he cannot send him a post card from Antarctica, as the expedition has been postponed
Typed note signed: "R E Byrd", in black ink, 5x3 affixed to a sheet. Name typed under signature. In full: "With reference to your request for a post card to be mailed from the Antarctic, I regret to say that the expedition has been postponed. At the present time we are not sure just when we will go. With the best of good wishes, Sincerely". 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. Staining from adhesion. Fine condition.
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