Gurdon L. Tarbox
Gurdon L. Tarbox
From the Collection of Joe Gertler

Editor's Note:
Joe Writes, "I have about 70 of these 5 x 7s in fancy folding mats made especially for this set and inscribed front and inside as Paul Matt's. Nice shredded cotton rag edges too. A beautiful set that cost me a LOT more than I would have "liked" to pay. But it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and Important (mostly signed) collection,from photographer/historian/author/editor Paul Matt's personal collection. He went to many of the Early Bird meetings as an invited guest/historian. he corresponded with many of them and was an avid collector for himself. I don't remember when he died, but it is quite a few years ago, now. More than half of these photos are signed and dated, which makes them doubly useful, (as sample references for collecting and authenticating letters and autographs)"
"Feel free to include my email address with your references and feel free to mention that I own the complete, original archives of The Wright Company (1909-1915); the Glenn Curtiss archives (1910-1923); and the "first' Glenn Martin Co.(1912-1917)
Cheers, Joe Gertler"
Joe's email address is

  Gurdon L. Tarbox was born in Georgetown, S.C., October 4, 1888.
     He received flying instruction from Joe Richter at Belmont Park, N.Y. and soloed May 2, 1911. In the summer of 1914 he worked at the Curtiss Aeroplane Co. plant in Buffalo, N.Y.
     He attended North Carolina State University, where he assisted Forrest Wysong, another student there in building a Curtiss-type airplane. He was present and gave encouragement when Wysong made the first solo flight. When Wysong graduated in 1915, Gurdon used his influence to secure him a job as draftsman with Curtiss in Buffalo.
     Tarbox graduated from North Carolina State University in June 1917 and joined the Standard Aircraft Company, Elizabeth, N.J. as engineer. Later he became Experimental Engineer with Spicer Manufacturing Company.
     After a number of years of ill health, Gurdon L. Tarbox passed away in Georgetown, S.C. August 25, 1971
From The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP, January, 1972, Number 78
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