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 rectangular metal plaque with an image of the Spirit of St. Louis flying over a globe along a line that runs from New York to Paris. Stars are placed in the upper right-hand corner above the globe. On the reverse a star inside a circle with wings is above text that reads "CAPT. CHARLES A. LINDBERGH AERONAUTICAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF AMERICA"