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Explore the personal correspondence of Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd (d.1957) with this pair of signed letters. Following his 1926 flight to the North Pole, Byrd was awarded the Medal of Honor and became an instant national celebrity. The contents of the offered letters pertain to 1927 personal appearances and speaking engagements.
One is handwritten on Byrd Arctic Expedition letterhead without being dated. Showing better than expected preservation quality, this double sided letter presents approximate (VG-EX) details with deference to original period compacting folds and some small notches on the upper edges. Addressed as “Dear Pond” (James B. Pond of the Pond Lecture Bureau), this lengthy correspondence is straightforward and rather strongly worded, with contents that include “I will cooperate. Just say what you want; but don’t think I am doing things I am not doing” and “I did not give you a vague answer” and “Wont you just tell me what you want done- dont rub it in on some matters I am not to blame for” and “If you are done with those Congressional reports please return them to me”. This letter also names a “Miss Smith” who the other letter in this lot is addressed to. Byrd’s no nonsense approach transmits to his signature which appears as “hastily, Byrd” (“9”).
The other document is a typed letter signed dated 11/5/27 on Byrd Antarctic Expedition letterhead. This brief correspondence is addressed to “Miss Nina Smith, c/o James B. Pond, 25 West 43d St., New York City”. A few minor condition notes take the form of faint binding clip marks and staple holes at top left, two original period compacting folds, a date stamp and a few unobtrusive pencil notations. Generally this crisp and sturdy letter shows approximate EX details. Again Byrd’s sign-off is succinct, signed as surname only “Byrd” (“9-10”).
Each of these (2) letters is accompanied by an individual full photo LOA from JSA.