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Research Document #16
The Brines Letter
is provided on this web site as a matter of general interest and to
aid in research by individuals. No permission to reproduce it or transmit
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A copy of this
letter recently came into our possession. At this time its provenance
is unknown but it appears to be a piece of correspondence from one journalist
(“Russ Brines”) to another (Richard ?). If authentic, it contains the
first contemporaneous reference we’ve seen to Noonan being a heavy drinker
and also provides some interesting insights into the attitude of at
least some members of the press toward Earhart’s flight and disappearance.
The letter is reproduced
in two ways. The graphics below are scans of each of the three pages
of the document in our file drawer, complete with stray marks and irregular
scratchings-out. Click on each one to open a full sized version in a
You may also view
each page in facsimile as a PDF file. (This requires Adobe Acrobat Reader,
version 3.0 or higher, which can be downloaded free from the Adobe site.
You will find the links for the PDF files and the Adobe site at the
bottom of this page.) Each page was reproduced at high resolution for
greater readability and clarity and rendered as a PDF. You may find
these easier to read.
Page 1, containing the date (August 3, 1937) and the
story of the coverage of the Earhart search. Click on the document to
open a new page with a full-sized version.
Page 2, containing more of the Earhart story and some Hawaii
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