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 large punchboard with a green hinged top. The board itself has five sections of holes. The sections alternate in color between blue and red. A red and white pattern surrounds the sections. The top of the board has a red banner with crossed American and French flags and blue lettering "New York to Pairs" with a mapping of Lindbergh's route below. Along the route are distances and names of countries. In the middle of the route along the dashed line is an image of the Spirit of St. Louis. Below the dashed line is a circle below a pair of wings, inside the circle is an image of Lindbergh with two American flags beneath. Beneath the image is a yellow box with the names of places found on the route and the corresponding prize amount.