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.
An octagonal serving dish with a model of the Spirit of St. Louis attached to the tray by a stand that is comprised of a large sphere. The airplane has a free spinning propeller and decals on the nose, tail and wing that mimic those on the actual Spirit of St. Louis. Two sides of the tray each have a small brown plastic handle for carrying. Those same sides each have small sculptures depicting famous monuments in New York and Paris. The New York landmarks are the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. The Paris landmarks are the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe.