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Air race winners Charles W. “Speed” Holman and R. B. Knowles with Mayor George L. Baker

Photograph of (from left) R. B. Knowles, Portland Mayor George L. Baker, and pilot Charles W. “Speed” Holman standing in front of a biplane on Tuesday, September 27, 1927, probably at Swan Island airport in Portland. Holman won the Class A race in a Spokane-to-Portland air derby that day; Knowles was his passenger. A cropped and reversed version of this photograph, showing only Holman, was one of four photographs, including image Nos. 371N6108 and 371N6126, published on Page 21 of the Oregon Journal on Wednesday, September 28, 1927. The photographs were published under the headline “Adventurers of the Air Who Thrilled Portland Today.” This photograph had the following caption: “C. W. (Speed) Holman, who won the class A race yesterday from Spokane to Portland by a matter of seconds over E. E. Ballough.” The photographs accompanied a continuation of a front-page story about the air races. Also see related image Nos. 371N0595, 371N5913, 371N6106, 371N6107, and 371N6112. Image note: Handwritten on the negative is the text “Holman - Mayor - Knowles.” The writing is visible on the right side of the image.

Amelia Earhart

Three-quarters portrait of pilot Amelia Earhart sitting on a couch, facing front, and holding a bouquet of roses. The photograph was taken on Wednesday, February 1, 1933, after Earhart arrived in Portland to give a lecture. That day, a story about Earhart and a related photograph, image No. 374N0284, were published on the front page of the Oregon Journal. See additional related image Nos. 374N0282 and 374N0283. Image note: The text “Amelia Earhardt [sic]” is written on the negative and is faintly visible on the left side of the image.

Amelia Earhart and five unidentified women

Full-length portrait of pilot Amelia Earhart (front row, center) with five unidentified women. Earhart and two of the women are sitting on a couch; the other three people are standing in a row behind them. Earhart is holding a bouquet of roses. The woman in the front row at left is wearing a ribbon with the words “Portland Chamber of Commerce / Hospitality” on it. The photograph was taken on Wednesday, February 1, 1933, after Earhart arrived in Portland to give a lecture. That day, a story about Earhart and a related photograph, image No. 374N0284, were published on the front page of the Oregon Journal. See additional related image Nos. 371N0768 and 374N0282.

Amelia Earhart and unidentified woman

Photograph showing pilot Amelia Earhart (right) and an unidentified woman sitting on a couch, facing one another, and smiling. Earhart is holding a bouquet of roses. The woman at right is wearing a ribbon with the words “Portland Chamber of Commerce / Hospitality” on it. The photograph was taken on Wednesday, February 1, 1933, after Earhart arrived in Portland to give a lecture. That day, a story about Earhart and a related photograph, image No. 374N0284, were published on the front page of the Oregon Journal. See additional related image Nos. 371N0768 and 374N0283.

Anthony Mackiewicz, Charles Dickinson, and E. E. Ballough in front of airplane

Photograph of (from left) Anthony Mackiewicz, Charles Dickinson, and pilot E. E. Ballough standing in a row in front of a biplane, probably at Swan Island airport in Portland. This photograph was taken on September 27, 1927, after Ballough took second place in the Class A race of a Spokane-to-Portland air derby. Dickinson was the passenger on the flight and Mackiewicz was the mechanic. A cropped and reversed version of this photograph, showing only Ballough and Dickinson, was one of four photographs, including image Nos. 371N6105 and 371N6126, published on Page 21 of the Oregon Journal on Wednesday, September 28, 1927. The photographs were published under the headline “Adventurers of the Air Who Thrilled Portland Today.” This photograph identified the two men as E. E. Ballough and “Charles Dickinson of Chicago, ‘Santa Claus of the air mail.’ “ The photographs accompanied a continuation of a front-page story about the air races. Also see image Nos. 371N0595, 371N5913, 371N6106, 371N6107, and 371N6112. Image note: The text “Ballough - Dickinson” is written on the negative and is visible on the right side of the image.

Army Air Service aviators at Pearson Field before expedition to fly around the world

Photograph showing two unidentified United States Army Air Service aviators in flight suits next to a Douglas World Cruiser. Behind them, third from right, is Portland Mayor George L. Baker. The photograph was probably taken at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington, on March 19, 1924. That day, a group of Army Air Service aviators stopped at Pearson on their way to Seattle, where they began the first flight around the world. Several other photos and a story about the aviators’ stop in the area were published on the March 19 front page of the Oregon Journal. See related image No. 371N5991. Image note: Photograph quality is poor due to extensive deterioration of the negative.

Aviator Walter Hinton? with reception committee member

Photograph of two men next to an airplane that has the logo of the National Exchange Club on the side. The men are unidentified, but the man on the left may be aviator Walter Hinton. The photograph may have been taken in early May 1931, when Hinton visited Portland to promote aviation. That visit was arranged by the Portland Exchange Club. Also see image No. 371N6004.

Aviator Walter Hinton? with reception committee member

Photograph of two men next to an airplane. The man on the right is wearing a ribbon with the text “RECEPTION COMMITTEE” on it. The men are unidentified, but the man on the left may be aviator Walter Hinton. The photograph may have been taken in early May 1931, when Hinton visited Portland to promote aviation. That visit was arranged by the Portland Exchange Club. Also see image No. 371N6005.

Bev Clark, pilot

Portrait of a smiling man wearing an aviator cap and goggles, a jumpsuit, a jacket, a vest and collared shirt, and a bow tie. The name “Bev Clark” and the number 2 are written on the negative and are visible on the right side of the image.

Bev Clark, pilot

Photograph of a smiling man wearing an aviator’s cap and goggles, a jacket, collared shirt, bow tie, and sweater or vest. The text “Bev Clark” and the number 2 are written on the negative and are visible in the lower right corner of the photograph. Image note: Light leak on negative.

Birch, pilot

Portrait of a man with a mustache standing next to an air plane. His eyes are closed and he is wearing a collared shirt and bow tie. On his shirt is a wing-shaped pin bearing the words “National Air Tour” and “pilot” on it. This photograph may be related to image No. 371N2270.

Boy posing with biplane, Rose O’Portland, as Tex Rankin watches from cockpit

Portrait of an unidentified boy standing in front of a biplane, the Rose O’Portland, as pilot Tex Rankin looks over his shoulder from the cockpit. The boy may be one of Rankin’s sons. Rankin flew the Rose O’Portland in an air race from New York to Los Angeles in September 1928. This photo may have been taken on August 24, 1928, before his departure. See image Nos. 371N2073, 371N5919, 371N5920, 371N6220, and 371N6222. Image note: The number 3 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper left corner of the image.

Captain Frank M. Hawks, pilot

Three-quarters portrait of a seated man looking to the right. He is wearing an aviator’s cap and goggles and a flight suit. The text “Capt. Frank Hawks” is written on the negative and is visible at the bottom of the image.

Captain Frank M. Hawks, pilot

Photograph of a seated man with a cigarette in his mouth. He is wearing an aviator’s cap and goggles and a flight suit, and appears to be reaching into a pocket in the suit. He is looking to the right. The text “Capt Frank Hawks” is written on the negative and is visible at the bottom of the image.

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

Photograph, taken August 24, 1928, of a Portland girl, Carol Mangold, handing pilot Tex Rankin her pet cat to take with him on a national air race from New York to Los Angeles. A cropped version of this photograph was published on Page 2 of the Oregon Journal on August 24, 1928, under the headline “Tex is a Modern Ajax.” The photograph had the following caption: “Tex Rankin, about to set sail for the East to enter the national air races, decides to put an end for all time to hoodoos. Not content with entering his bus under the number 13, he takes along a black cat, borrowed for the occasion from little Carol Mangold, No. 1429 Mississippi avenue. The cat’s name is Alba Barba, which is Latin for something-er-another. But anyway, ‘Alba’ doesn’t mean black, even if the cat is. Ajax, of Greek mythology, who defied the lightning, has nothing on the Portland flier.” The photograph accompanied a story headlined “Rankin and His Jinxes Go East to Start Derby.” See related image Nos. 371N2073, 371N5920, 371N6220, and 371N6222. Also see the following images related to Rankin's return from the race: 371N5921, 371N5922, 371N5923, 371N6141, 371N6150, and 377N0032. Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

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

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.

Charles Richard Stanton

First Lt. Charles Richard Stanton was the first black bomber pilot in the U.S. Armed Forces—he flew 81 combat missions in Europe during WWII. He was born in Maryland in 1920, but had moved with this family to Portland by the 1930s. He enlisted in 1942 into the Air Corps for the duration of the war, plus six months. He died in 1991, and is buried at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Charles W. “Speed” Holman, Phil, and E. E. Ballough next to airplane

Portrait of three men standing in a row next to an airplane, probably at Swan Island airport in Portland. The man at left is pilot Charles W. “Speed” Holman, and the man at right is probably pilot E. E. Ballough. The photograph was probably taken on September 27, 1927, after Holman won the Class A race in a Spokane-to-Portland air derby and Ballough took second place. The text “Ballough - Phil - Holman” is written on the negative and is visible on the right side of the image. Also see related image Nos. 371N0595, 371N5913, 371N6105, 371N6107, 371N6108, 371N6112, and 371N6126.

Commander Richard E. Byrd

Portrait of a man, the aviator, explorer, and United States naval officer Richard E. Byrd, wearing an overcoat and a visor cap. The text “Comander Byrd [sic]” is written on the negative and is visible at the top of the image. See related image Nos. 371N0389 and 371N3646.

Commander Richard E. Byrd and pilot Dorothy Hester

Photograph showing the aviator, explorer, and United States Navy officer Richard E. Byrd with pilot Dorothy Hester. They are standing side by side. Byrd is wearing a visor cap and an overcoat; Hester is wearing a hat, overcoat, collared shirt, and sweater. See related image Nos. 371N0389 and 371N0390.

Commander Richard E. Byrd and unidentified man

Photograph of two men standing outside a building and looking at one another. The man on the left, the aviator, explorer, and United States naval officer Richard E. Byrd, is wearing an overcoat and visor cap. The man on the right is wearing a hat, overcoat, and tie. The text “Com. Byrd” is written on the negative and is visible in the upper left corner of the image. See related image Nos. 371N0390 and 371N3646.

Commissioner Bigelow presenting Tex Rankin with bronze clock

Photograph of Portland City Commissioner Bigelow presenting pilot Tex Rankin with a bronze clock on September 22, 1928, after Rankin’s return from a national air race from New York to Los Angeles. On September 23, 1928, the Oregon Journal published a Page 3 story about Rankin’s return, headlined “Rankin and Jinx Cat Back Home; Everybody Glad.” The Journal reported that Rankin placed fifth in the race. The story was accompanied by a different photo of Rankin with the clock, image No. 371N5922. See additional related image Nos. 371N5921, 371N6141, 371N6150, and 377N0032. Also see the following images related to Rankin's departure for the race: Nos. 371N2073, 371N5919, 371N5920, 371N6220, and 371N6222.

Crew refueling pilot Frank M. Hawks’ airplane in Portland

Photograph of two men refueling Captain Frank M. Hawks’ plane as Hawks speaks with an unidentified man at Swan Island airport in Portland on Saturday, January 23, 1932. Hawks made two brief fuel stops in Portland that day while flying from Agua Caliente, Mexico to Vancouver, British Columbia, and back in a successful attempt to set a speed record. A cropped version of this photograph, along with image Nos. 371N1082 and 371N4991, was published on Page 1 of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, January 24, 1932. The photographs were published under the headline “Speed King Refuels Here on Flight.” This photograph had the following caption: “Attendants at the airport refueling the ship while Hawks chatted with bystanders for a few minutes.” The photographs accompanied a story headlined “Hawks Sets Record for 2-Way Dash.” According to the story, Hawks set a round-trip speed record of 13 hours, 43 minutes, 59 seconds.

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