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: 87.6 x 5.1cm (34 1/2 x 2 in.)
Leather and metal
A gray belt with a silver buckle. The belt has a pattern of an image of Lindbergh, the text "Capt. Lindbergh" inside a triangle, an aircraft hangar with the text "Le Bourget Field Paris", an image of the island of Ireland with a sailboat and the text "Is this Ireland?", An aircraft hangar with the text "Roosevelt Field N.Y.", an image of the Spirit of St. Louis and the text "Spirit of St. Louis", and the image of Lindbergh and text "Capt. Lindbergh repeated.