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: 7.3 x 1cm (2 7/8 x 3/8 in.)
Paper, glass and cork
Two red cardboard tubes that are each split into two sections. The smaller section lifts away to reveal a glass tube closed by a cork wrapped inside of a piece of paper. One tube has a sticker on the outside that is a white rectangle with a blue border. Inside the border is an image of the Spirit of St. Louis. "Lucky Lindy Parfum" is in red lettering across the wing in between two blue stars. The other red tube has a gold and black sticker with a small oval at the top. Inside the oval is a golden outline of the Spirit of St. Louis against a black background. Below the oval in black lettering "Lucky Lindy Parfum"