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: 21 x 1.8 x 26.7cm, 1kg (8 1/4 x 11/16 x 10 1/2 in., 2 3/16lb.)
Plaster, non-ferrous metal
A hollow plaster sign with an image of Lindbergh's head placed in the center. The Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty flank his head. A small airplane flies over the Statue of Liberty in the direction of the Eiffel Tower. The word "LINDBERGH" is carved into the plaster below the image and "1927" is carved into the edge of the sign. Two small loops of metal protrude from the top of the plaster.