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: 25.4 x 3.3 x 2.5cm, 0.2kg (10 x 1 5/16 x 1 in., 3/8lb.)
Wood and metal
A silver propeller that rests in a wooden base. The base curves upwards from the front to the back to create a cradle for the propeller. The base has a silver plate on the front with "King" etched into the metal. A silver plate on the back of the base has black lettering that gives the inspiration for the design of the letter opener. The letter opener itself is shaped like the Hamilton Standard propeller that Lindbergh took with him on his 1927 trans-Atlantic flight. Two stickers, one on either blade are shaped like an oval with a black border outside of a gold and red design.