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: 7.6 x 7.6 x 4.1cm (3 x 3 x 1 5/8 in.)
Wood, plastic, paper, fabric and rubber
A wooden handle attached to a rectangular piece of wood with a rubber stamp glued to it. The stamp is in the shape of the profile of the Spirit of St. Louis. The handle has been flattened on one side to allow it to rest on a flat surface. The wood has been painted red and the sides of the rectangular piece reveal the grain of the wood. A clear piece of plastic is slipped over the bottom of the stamp with a white piece of paper between the stamp and the plastic.