BYRD, RICHARD E. (1888-1957). Polar explorer and aviator. SP. (Signed twice “RE Byrd”). 1p. 4to. N.p., May 9, 1926 and November 28, 1929. A black-and-white photograph of Byrd dressed in polar attire, standing in front of an exterior doorway with the word “Academy” laid into the floor tile. Very faintly inscribed across the image “with best wishes” to Dutch-American Universalist minister and autograph collector Cornelius C. Greenway, (1896-1968). Byrd has signed the photograph twice and dated it three times, twice with the May 9, 1926 date and once, near the lower margin, November 29, 1929. Blind-embossed in the lower left portion of the image with the name of the Richmond, Virginia photographer Faris & Dementi, a company established in 1924 and still operating.
Listen to Admiral Byrd discuss his thoughts about the Arctic and Antarctica