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 deck of cards with an image of the Spirit of St. Louis Flying over three spotlights coming up from a curved surface below. Below the Spirit are five other aircraft outlined against the clouds. The playing side of the cards features images of various pilots. The pilot is located in the center of the card inside a box. At each corner of the box is a number with the name of the pilot below the number in two corners.