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: 3.7 x 6.4cm (1 7/16 x 2 1/2 in.)
steel, brass, aluminum, cotton, felt
A Zippo style lighter with a flip top that opens to reveal the wheel, striker and cord. The case of the lighter is painted black with a small metal plate on the outside. The plate has an image of the Spirit of St. Louis in a circle above a rectangle with text that reads "LIGHTER S.O.S.L. Collection." The lighter assembly can be removed from the case to reveal the bottom of the tank and a piece of felt attached to the tank by a metal pin. The lighter has never been used or even filed since the felt and the cord are dry and show no signs of contacting liquid.