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: 1.3 x 5.1cm (1/2 x 2 in.)
Metal, glass, and fabric
A hinged black cosmetic case with a picture of Lindbergh in a flight jacket on the top. A button located on the bottom half just below the break between the two halves unlatches the top. Inside the case is a mirror and cosmetic pad. The pad sits on a metal disk that still has powder on it. The pad has a small strap with red lettering "Lindy".