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: 3.8 x 10cm (1 1/2 x 3 15/16 in.)
Metal and fabric
A medal suspended from a red, white and blue ribbon. The ribbon is attached on the opposite end to a metal pin that reads "Mayor Committee on Reception." The medal itself has a relief of the Spirit of St. Louis in the clouds above the New York City coat of arms. "WE" appears between the plane and coat of arms. The sides of the medal each have a wing that extends upwards along its side.