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: 7 x 5.2cm (2 3/4 x 2 1/16 in.)
Metal, paper and plastic
A black metal business card holder with a profile image of Lindbergh on the front. In the picture Lindbergh is wearing his hair combed and parted and a jacket and white shirt. The words "Farmers & Merchants National Bank Baltimore" surround the image. The holder has a hinge on one end and the cover thins out and becomes rounded at the other end and snaps around the holder.