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: 3.8 x 1.6cm (1 1/2 x 5/8 in.)
A hollow, yellow cylinder with black lettering "Welcome home Lindbergh" Inside the whistle is a disc with five holes. Below this disk is another disk that spins on a small pin attached to the upper disk. The lower disk has five holes as well but each hole has a curved flap covering part of the hole.