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: 19.1 x 1.7 x 24.1cm (7 1/2 x 11/16 x 9 1/2 in.)
Wood, metal, paper and plastic
A relief of Lindbergh's head wearing a flight cap over a small curved surface. The Spirit of St. Louis is flying over the surface below Lindbergh's neck. Text below Lindbergh's face reads that he successfully completed a non-stop flight in May 1927. On each side of the curved surface are the words New York and Paris. This relief is inside a brown frame that is in turn placed inside of a sliver frame. The paper backing of the frame has a wire attached to the frame.