On May 20-21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh literally flew into history when he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in his Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, thus becoming the first pilot to fly solo and nonstop from New York to Paris. This flight made Lindbergh a household name and catapulted him into fame and celebrity. The objects of popular culture in the National Collection display everything from ashtrays to wristwatches reflect the public adulation for Lindbergh and the powerful commercial response to his celebrity. More than 75 years after the Spirit's historic flight, Lindbergh's name still has the power help sell manufactured goods.
Gift of the Stanley King Family.
Metal button with image of Lindbergh from shoulders up. Words "Col. Charles A. Lindbergh" underneath image. A coin the same size as the pin hangs from the bottom by a metal ring, coin and ring are gold in color. Coin features an imprinted profile of Lindbergh. Words "FIRST NON-STOP FLIGHT NEW YORK TO PARIS. CAPT. CHALRES A. LINDBERGH" encircle the profile. Reverse side has imprint of Spirit of St. Louis with words "LUCKY LINDBERGH COIN" above plane. Red, white and blue fabric attatched to back of pin.