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 commemorative plaque with an image of the North Atlantic with New York on the left and Paris on the right. A thick black line traces Lindbergh’s path between the two cities, there is a silhouette of an aircraft on the line between the two land masses. The bottom half of the circle shows statistical information divided into three sections. The leftmost section is information about Lindbergh, the middle section shows information about the flight and the rightmost section shows information about the airplane. The plaque is copyrighted by J.L. Hildebrand.