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 folding game board with a large yellow circle in the center. The game consists of 132 individually numbered spaces, the vast majority of which are circles, arranged in a winding path beginning and ending in the center of the board. The large spaces are square and feature images of airplanes. These spaces feature prominent points in Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic. Nowhere on the board is the word "Lindbergh" ever written. The only indication that this board deals with Lindbergh or the Spirit of St. Louis is the marking of "N-X-211" on the wing of the airplane in space 11. The spaces have text that allow the players to move ahead or force them to move backwards depending on the situation in the space. The board is held together in the center by black fabric. The back of the board is blue in color with no markings.