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.
Clothing: 44.5 x 76.2cm (17 1/2 x 30 in.)
An olive colored child's jacket with nine (9) metal buttons, four on the pockets, three on the flap and one on each of the shoulder straps. The buttons each have an image of an eagle with its wings spread grasping an olive branch in one claw and three arrows in the other. Four pockets on the jacket each have a button that secures them. Two of them are located on the right side of the jacket and two are located on the left side, one above the other. Above the top pocket on the left breast is a rectangular patch with a wheel and two wings in the center. A circular patch on the left arm has an image of the Spirit of St. Louis and text that reads "Spirit of St. Louis"