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Rye’s Female Aviator Buzzing the NY Times in 1932

Amelia Earhart Rye, NY letter

(PHOTO: Earhart’s letter to The New York Times’ publisher.)

History is always timely.

Many are thinking about women of achievement in the wake of the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

One of Rye’s own (we think) was Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic.

Part of her fight to be treated equal was a letter to The New York Times publisher Arthur Hays Sulzberger in 1932 that she be called by her “professional name” of Earhart and not “Mrs. Putnam”, her married name.


  1. Following his discharge from the Army in World War I, my Dad, Jim Harrigan,
    Joined the Rye Police Department in 1919. For the next thirty-two years
    He encountered many different situations as a Police Officer and was praised
    For his excellent and honest service to the community.
    I remember him leading all the parades in Rye on the “Indian,” especially the
    Ones that included Amelia Earhart when she returned to Rye after achieving
    A flying record. On retirement in 1941, he became the City of Rye’s First
    City Marshal – a position he held for many years


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