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 toy made of various pieces of colored plastic that resembles an airplane. The wing, tail surfaces and landing gear are red. The body is white and the wheels and propeller are blue. The propeller and wheels are free spinning. The wing has gold text on it that reads "Spirit of St. Louis" two circles on the wing, one at each end, each have writting in them, one reads "New York" and the other "Paris"