March 5: The Museum in Washington, DC will open today. Due to weather, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is closed.
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.
A button divided into thirds with red, white and blue sections. A drawing of the Spirit of St. Louis is overlaid by an oval image of Lindbergh in a tie. The words "Atta Boy Slim" appear in the red section and "Lindbergh the Pioneer" in the blue. The button is attached to two red, white and blue pieces of fabric. One piece of fabric has the words "WELCOME HOME" printed on it in black, the other, "COL. LINDBERGH"