New York: Dec. 10, 1930.
1 p. on "The Explorers Club" letterhead. 4to. 'Capturing an Enemy Aeroplane'. Edges chipped extensivley not affecting text or signature, else good Photo. Item #309291
A letter from one of the era's most elebrated adventurer and photographer recounting his capture of an enemy airplane, reading in part: “In regard to your question “What was your most successful adventure.” The answer to that is capturing an enemy aerolpane and pilot on the Irtish River in Siberia while he was landing on enemy territory, making him take the plane along the river under threat of a gun and taxying the same to my outpost, thereby bringing in an enemy plane, the pilot a prisoner. Your second question “What do I attribute my success to?”. This is due to constant perservance (sic) and years of experience, which is the greets teacher of all.”
Russian born, but of German ancestry, Carl von Hoffmann (1889-1982) was a decorated soldier, adventurer, explorer, author, and photographer who is most notable for his photographs of Theodore Roosevelt and Pancho Villa, and as a cinematographer for D.W. Griffith. He was a member of the Explorers Club and an Honorary Life Member and past president of the Adventurers' Club of New York.
As a high school student, Seymour Halpern (1913-1997), wrote letters to many notables of the day including politicians, military officers, entertainers, diplomats, artists, activists, writers, and businessmen, inquiring about their ideas to the keys to success in life. Halpern would later go on to serve as Republican from New York to the 86th, 87th, 88th, 89th, 90th, 91st and 92nd United States Congresses, holding office from January 3, 1959, to January 3, 1973.