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: 12.7 x 4.4 x 25.4cm (5 x 1 3/4 x 10 in.)
Glass, paint, paper and plastic
A decorative bourbon bottle made of glass with a painted surface. The label on the front of the bottle features a copy of a Norman Rockwell painting that has Lindbergh's head wearing a flight cap and goggles in the center. Behind his head is an image of an airplane silhouetted in blue. To the bottom left of the image is a small image of a masted sailing ship. To the right of the ship is an image of a wagon drawn by oxen with a man walking next to the animals. Surrounding the label is a rectangle with starts placed half an inch apart. Above this rectangle is an eagle with its wings spread and a shield covering its breast. The cap of the bottle is a plastic screw cap that has half of a federal tax stamp still attached to its surface. The other half of the red and white tax stamp is still stuck to the top of the bottle. The label on the back of the bottle signifies this bottle as a limited edition and gives the history behind the Rockwell label on the front.