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.
Clothing: 107.3 x 59.7cm (42 1/4 x 23 1/2 in.)
cotton, plastic, aluminum
A dress that has long sleeves and features images of Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis. There are many ovals that feature either and image of Lindbergh or the Spirit of St. Louis flying over various parts of the world. These parts of the world are identified by a banner at the bottom of the oval with the name of the city, ie. San Diego, New York and Paris. All the ovals feature feathered wings around them. Some have the wings resting at the sides of the oval while others have the wings spread upwards from the oval.