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Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Aviator Pastel by California Artist, Orpha Klinker - Hansen Collection

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley works constantly to identify and conserve artifacts related to California history. Often items, even beautiful images, raise as many questions as they answer. This pastel of an aviator by Orpha Klinker, we believe has the signature of the pilot who posed for it. At present, we think his name may be Stephen __ Goebel, or Gocbel.
As John Walsh says on America's Most Wanted, "Let's find this fellow!"

Not minutes after this posting was made, the pilot was identified as Arthur Goebel, an early Hollywood stunt pilot.



Gerald R. Fecht said...

Phyllis Hansen says
"Goebel, I think"

Gerald R. Fecht said...

A note from Phyllis Hansen

It's Arthur Goebel. Hollywood stunt pilot.
Fascinating story, and great for SFV's Hollywood history collections.
Check the Historynet story. Sadly the son is long dead, too.

Gerald R. Fecht said...

19 October 1895 to 3 December 1973