Item 371N2516 - George O. Noville, F. V. Tompkins, and R. S. Allen at air circus on Swan Island, Portland

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George O. Noville, F. V. Tompkins, and R. S. Allen at air circus on Swan Island, Portland


  • 1928-06 (Creation)


Photograph; cellulose nitrate film; 3.75 x 4.75 in

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Portrait of three men standing next to an airplane, possibly a tri-motor Ford-Stout owned by the Standard Oil Company, at Swan Island airport. The plane arrived in Portland on Saturday, June 9, 1928, and was on display at the airport on Sunday, June 10, 1928, during Portland’s second annual air circus. A cropped version of this photograph, along with a picture of the Ford-Stout plane, was published in the Oregon Journal on June 10, 1928, under the headline “Huge Avion Greeted With Acclaim.” This photograph had the following caption: “Lieutenant Commander George Noville, who flew across pole and over Atlantic with [Richard E.] Byrd; F. V. Tompkins, pilot of the giant aircraft, and R. S. Allen, assistant pilot.” In a front-page story that day, the Journal reported that Noville had arrived in Portland on the Ford-Stout plane. See related image Nos. 371N1902, 371N2520, 371N5952. Image note: Double exposure. The text “Novill [sic] — Tompkins ?” is written on the negative and is visible on the left side of the image.

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Oregon Journal Negative Collection; Org. Lot 1368; Box 371; 0371N2516

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