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.
A white t-shirt size Adult L with an image of Lindbergh wearing a flight cap and goggles on the front of the shirt. Printed on top of the Lindbergh image is an image of the Spirit of St. Louis outlined in gold. Next to Lindbergh's face in purple with gold outline is text that reads "Spirit of St. Louis" Below the image of the Spirit of St. Louis there is purple writing in script that reads "Charles A. Lindbergh"