Photograph, taken on September 22, 1928, of pilot Tex Rankin standing in the back seat of his plane, holding a black cat named Alba Barba. Next to the plane, reaching up to pet the cat, is Carol Mangold of Portland, the cat’s owner. The photograph was taken upon Rankin’s return to Portland after a national air race from New York to Los Angeles. Mangold had loaned Alba Barba to Rankin to take with him. The black cat was one of two “jinxes” Rankin deliberately adopted for the race; the other was to enter his plane under the number 13. On September 23, 1928, the Oregon Journal published a Page 3 story about the return of Rankin and the cat. The story was headlined “Rankin and Jinx Cat Back Home; Everybody Glad.” The story reported that Rankin had placed fifth. See related image Nos. 371N5922, 371N5923, 371N6141, 371N6150, and 377N0032. Also see the following images related to Rankin's departure for the race: Nos. 371N2073, 371N5919, 371N5920, 371N6220, and 371N6222. Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.