Vilhjamur Stefansson Typed Letter Signed – With Handwritten Postscript


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Canadian explorer and ethnologist (1879–1962) best known for his expeditions to the Arctic and for his studies of the native peoples there.

Typed letter signed (TLS) “Vilhjamur Stefansson”, March 27, 1929, personal letterhead from New York, 8.5×11, to Seymour Halpern in response to Halpern’s inquiry regarding the key to success in life, in part:

I am particularly busy for I am just sailing for England … My successes have been due to luck, and my failures to laziness. I do not expect to take any more Arctic trips…

He has added a handwritten postscript:  “Good luck with your school enterprises.”

As a high school student, Seymour Halpern (1913-1997), wrote letters to many notables of the day inquiring about their ideas to the keys to success in life. He 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.