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.
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 5.6cm (2 3/16 in. dia.)
Metal, plastic and paper
A red button with four circles of lightening color, from red to white. In the center of the button is an image of the Spirit of St. Louis, the nose of the aircraft is yellow. Text above the airplane reads "Spirit of St. Louis" below the airplane text reads "FIRST SOLO NON-STOP TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT BY CHARLES LINDBERGH MAY 20-21, 1927
NATIONAL AIR & SPACE MUSEUM SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION