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.
An all metal toy airplane representation of the Spirit of St. Louis. This metal airplane features a hollow body that contains a wheel and a spring. The spring is wound around the wheel and another wheel that is attached to the bar that connects the tires of the airplane. When the toy is rolled forward the wheels rotate and spin the propeller. The toy has three tires that are made from rubber. The top of the wing has red lettering that reads "LINDY"