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 silver compact with a hinged lid. The lid is unlatched by a small button on the bottom half. The top of the lid has a relief of the Spirit of St. Louis flying over the water between the Statue of Liberty on the left and the Eiffel Tower on the right. A banner above the plane reads "New York - Paris" The inside of the case has three compartment. When opened the lid has another hinged section. This small hinged section holds a mirror. The case has two pads, one red and one orange in compartments with pink and white powder still in them.