Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
NOVEMBER 1939
 
 
 
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NOV 1939
13

New York

Written by Edward Beckwith on Monday, November 13, 1939

Went early to Motion Picture Camera Supply Co., 723, 7th Ave. & saw Mr. Contner. He agreed that it would be impossible for instrument to catch San Francisco boat on Friday. As the next boat is the Pres. Harrison on Nov. 25 arriving at Manila on Dec. 24, there is no great hurry to decide whether to ship the recorder. Made appointment for 4 PM for instruction in operation at Blue Seal Sound Devices Co., 39 W 60, 9th floor.

Had a one hour dental hygiene treatment from Mrs. Holcomb.  Stopped at Madison Mart & got rubber lens cap .

Mary Brown called up to say that her nephew had been killed in an auto accident & could not dine with me tomorrow. (Had a narrow escape myself this AM in crossing Madison Ave.)

Went to Blue Seal Co. and had John’s recorder explained. Very simple to use and operate. Decided to have apparatus shipped to Manila. There are four pieces, the recorder, blank discs, spare tubes, etc & the converter. Latter priced at 50.00 and is used to convert D.C. on boat to A.C. needed for the recorder. Possible that there is a boat in between the two. I looked up, also possible we will not get off from Manila by Dec. 24. War complications may interfere with the whole expedition as there is talk of Japanese activity in Dutch East Indies besides danger that Holland may be drawn into European War.

Gamber called up and asked me to dinner tonight. Dined Salmagundi Club with Gamber & Garner. Very pleasant time but a pool game later, which I won, lasted for 2 hr 10 m getting me home late. Garner’s estimate on his Southwest expedition has risen to 10,000. They have made no progress with it.

Comments

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By Nancy
2009-11-13 05:22:44
Already the war in Europe is in the thoughts of the expedition participants. Eventually WWII will dictate the outcome of the expedition; but no one, at this time thought the war would escalate so far and so fast.

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