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: 11.1 x 19.4cm (4 3/8 x 7 5/8 in.)
Leather, metal and thread
A leather billfold with a gold image of Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis on the front cover. The wallet has three flaps that divide it into two sections. The front section has a viewing window and the back section is closed shut by a metal clasp. All three panels are sewn together at the bottom, there is no opening at the bottom of the wallet. On the back the top left corner has a small metal piece covering the corner.