Rankin, Tex (John Gilbert), 1894-1947

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Dorothy Hester and Tex Rankin next to airplane

Photograph of pilots Dorothy Hester and Tex Rankin standing next to an airplane. Hester is pointing toward the top left and is looking at Rankin; he is looking in the direction she is pointing. The text “Hester” is written on the negative and is faintly visible on the left side of the negative.

Pilot Tex Rankin holding black cat

Photograph, taken on August 24, 1928, of pilot Tex Rankin holding a black cat he borrowed from a Portland girl, Carol Mangold, to take with him on a national air race from New York to Los Angeles. The cat 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 story on Page 2 about the pilot and the cat; the headline was “Rankin and His Jinxes Go East to Start Derby.”See related image Nos. 371N5919, 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: The number 6 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper left corner of the image.

Tex Rankin, Dorothy Hester, and two unidentified men next to plane

Photograph showing pilots Tex Rankin (second from left, in flight suit) and Dorothy Hester standing next to an airplane with two unidentified men. Rankin and the man next to him are looking at an envelope they are holding. Hester and the man on the right are looking at a document he is holding. The man is wearing a uniform and a badge with “PFD” on it. The text “Am. Legion + Rankin” is written on the negative and is faintly visible on the left side of the image.

Sir George Hubert Wilkins and Tex Rankin

Portrait of two men, pilot Tex Rankin (left) and explorer Sir George Hubert Wilkins, standing next to an airplane. The photograph was probably taken on January 8, 1932, at the Swan Island airport in Portland. The text “Sir Hubert Wilkeis [sic]” is written on the negative and is faintly visible on the right side of the image. See related image No. 371N2666.

Tex Rankin and unidentified man with airplane, “Queen of the Cascades”

Photograph of pilot Tex Rankin and an unidentified man standing next to an airplane with the words “Rankin School of Flying / Portland, Ore.” on the side. On the nose of the plane are words that are probably “ ‘Queen of the Cascades.’ ” See related image No. 371N6226. 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 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.

Pilot Tex Rankin holding black cat

Photograph, taken August 24, 1928, of pilot Tex Rankin holding a black cat he borrowed from a Portland girl, Carol Mangold, to take with him on a national air race from New York to Los Angeles. The cat 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 story on Page 2 about the pilot and the cat; the headline was “Rankin and His Jinxes Go East to Start Derby.” See related image Nos. 371N2073, 371N5919, 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.

Tex Rankin returning black cat to Carol Mangold after air race

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.

Tex Rankin holding watch and clock after return from air race

Photograph of pilot Tex Rankin on September 22, 1928, after he returned to Portland from an air race from New York to Los Angeles. A cropped version of this photograph and image No. 371N6150 were published on Page 3 of the Oregon Journal on September 23, 1928. This photograph had the following caption: “Rankin with a bronze clock and wrist watch presented him at his homecoming.” The photographs accompanied a story, headlined “Rankin and Jinx Cat Back Home; Everybody Glad.” The Journal reported that Rankin had placed fifth in the race. See related image Nos. 371N5921, 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 quality is poor due to extensive deterioration of the negative.

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.

Tex Rankin and unidentified man looking at map

Photograph showing pilot Tex Rankin (right) in the cockpit of an airplane. An unidentified man is standing next to the plane. He and Rankin are looking at a map of northwestern Oregon and Western Washington that they have spread out on the plane’s fuselage. Also see image Nos. 371N6118 and 371N6213.

Pilot Tex Rankin speaking into Dictaphone before endurance flight

Photograph, taken from the side, showing pilot Tex Rankin speaking into a dictation recording machine. He is probably seated inside a Stinson Detroiter monoplane, the On-To-Oregon, on Sunday, August 17, 1930, before he and brothers Dick Rankin and Dud Rankin made the first of four unsuccessful attempts that month to set an endurance flying record. A cropped version of this photo was one of four, including image No. 371N6206, that was published on Page 2 of the Oregon Journal on Monday, August 18, 1930. The photographs were published under the headline “When Rankins Took Off on Attempt at Record.” The photographs accompanied the continuation of a front-page story about the attempt. This photograph had the following caption: “Tex at the dictaphone, by means of which he hoped to carry on his business and give orders to his ground crew.” Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6063, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6132, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, 371N6233, and 371N6234.

Tex Rankin in airplane On-to-Oregon, shaking hands with Maurice L. Smith

Photograph showing pilot Tex Rankin leaning out of the cabin of a Stinson Detroiter monoplane, the On-to-Oregon, to shake hands with Maurice L. Smith, manager of Jantzen Beach. The photograph was taken on Sunday, August 17, 1930, at the Rankin airfield in Portland before Tex Rankin and his brothers, Dick Rankin and Dud Rankin, began their first attempt to set an endurance flying record. Jantzen Beach financed the effort. The attempt begun August 17 was one of four tries, all unsuccessful, that the Rankins made that month. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6051, 371N6063, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6132, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, 371N6233, and 371N6234.

Tex Rankin and group next to airplane

Photograph showing six men standing next to an airplane. At center (third from left), pilot Tex Rankin is shaking hands with an unidentified man. The man at far right is probably Dick Rankin, Tex Rankin’s brother, also a pilot. The other men in the photograph are unidentified.

Tex and Shirley Rankin before endurance flight?

Photograph showing pilot Tex Rankin and an unidentified woman, probably his wife, Shirley, standing cheek to cheek. The photograph may have been taken at Rankin field in Portland on Sunday, August 17, 1930, before Rankin and his brothers, Dick Rankin and Dud Rankin, began their first attempt to set a record for endurance flying. The attempt, along with three subsequent tries later that month, was unsuccessful. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6064, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6132, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, 371N6233, and 371N6234.

Tex Rankin and unidentified man looking at map

Photograph showing pilot Tex Rankin (right) in the cockpit of an airplane. An unidentified man is standing next to the plane. He and Rankin are looking at a map of northwestern Oregon and western Washington that they have spread out on the plane’s fuselage. Also see image Nos. 371N6020 and 371N6213. Image note: Black spot at center due to negative damage.

Tex Rankin, Richard E. Byrd, and Portland Police Chief Leon V. Jenkins next to airplane

Photograph showing (from left) pilot Tex Rankin; United States naval officer, aviator, and explorer Commander Richard E. Byrd; and Portland Chief of Police Leon V. Jenkins standing in a row next to an airplane on February 12, 1927. The photograph was taken before Rankin took Byrd and Jenkins on a flight over Portland. Byrd was in Portland to deliver two lectures about his flight to the North Pole in May 1926.

Tex Rankin with biplane, Rose O’Portland

Portrait of pilot Tex Rankin standing next to the rose painted on the nose of an airplane named the Rose O’ Portland. Rankin flew the plane 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.

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.

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