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 round medal with an image of a woman with outstretched arms holding a shield looking upward at the Spirit of St. Louis flying over her head. She is flanked by the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. The reverse of the medal features the Spirit of St. Louis flying over a word peeking through the clouds. A dashed line runs from New York to Paris. There is text below the clouds "Commemorating the First New York Paris flight"