Item 371N6220 - Carol Mangold loaning pilot Tex Rankin her black cat for air race

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Carol Mangold loaning pilot Tex Rankin her black cat for air race


  • 1928-08-24 (Creation)


Photograph; cellulose nitrate film; 3.75 x 4.75 in

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Photograph, taken on August 24, 1928, of pilot Tex Rankin (center), Carol Mangold of Portland (right), and an unidentified person, possibly Cy Larsen of the Line Material Company. They are standing next to Rankin’s airplane, the Rose O’Portland, and Rankin is holding Mangold’s pet cat, Alba Barba. Rankin borrowed the black cat to accompany him on a national air race from New York to Los Angeles. Alba Barba was one of two “jinxes” that Rankin deliberately adopted for the race; the other was to enter his plane under the number 13. On August 24, the day Rankin departed, the Oregon Journal published a Page 2 story about the pilot and the cat, titled “Rankin and His Jinxes Go East to Start Derby.” See related image Nos. 371N2073, 371N5919, 371N5920, and 371N6222. Also see the following images related to Rankin's return from the race: 371N5921, 371N5922, 371N5923, 371N6141, 371N6150, and 377N0032.

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Oregon Journal Negative Collection; Org. Lot 1368; Box 371; 0371N6220

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January 21, 2018 11:14 PM

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