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.
3-D Test: 5.2 x 6.2cm (2 1/16 x 2 7/16 in.)
Metal and paper
A gold colored metal pin with with the Spirit of St. Louis in the center. Around the airplane is a blue circle with the words "National Retail Credit Assn." in gold colored lettering. At the top of the pin are the words St. Louis. Below the airplane is a window that houses a piece of paper.