New York City: Fiala Outfits, Inc. Original wraps. 8vo., 23 pages, illustrated. Light smudge at top of page 3, otherwise no notable defects. Vertical fold to the catalog was required to fit the catalog into the mailing envelope (see photo included). Also included in the envelope is a letter on company stationary to a customers inquiry about a sleeping bag. The typed letter is dated 1928 and is signed by Anthony Fiala. Very good. Item #9695
"Fiala was born in Jersey City and early in his life displayed outstanding ability as an artist and draftsman, a qualification which quickly led him to select illustrated journalism as his career. But his talent was soon diverted to the field of adventure by a burning desire to travel to the far reaches of the earth. He served in the military campaigns of 1898–1900, rising from the grade of trooper to the rank of major, and this experience served as the springboard to his Arctic travels. A man of persistence and persuasive charm, he is said to have secured a berth on the Baldwin-Ziegler expedition of 1901–1902 by paying a daily visit to Baldwin for some three months, to be met on each occasion by a negative decision. Finally Baldwin capitulated, and Fiala accompanied the expedition as photographer. During his two Arctic journeys, he exposed what are said to be the first motion pictures taken in the polar regions, and his artistic talent gave expression to valuable and beautiful interpretations of the aurora borealis. Under his direction important scientific work was carried on, especially in extending cartographic knowledge of the islands composing Franz Josef Land. During these expeditions he travelled more than 4000 miles by boat and by sledge and thereby acquired wide experience in matters of clothing and equipage. Retaining this valuable interest on his return to America, he established the sporting goods firm which bears his name and for the remainder of his life devoted himself to the design of field equipment, much of it especially produced to meet specific conditions anticipated by his clients".-aacpublications.