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: 53.3 x 20.3 x 6.4cm, 0.7kg (21 x 8 x 2 1/2 in., 1 5/8lb.)
Wood, metal, animal skin
A brown body Ukulele with four strings. An image of the Spirit of St. Louis is located in the center of the body just above the bridge. The headstock features four nuts attached to each of the four strings to tune the guitar. In the center of the four nuts the word "Lindy" is written in gold lettering. The body has bolts and screws along the perimeter to hold the head to the body. The back of the body is hollow.