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 green glass decanter with metal tubing that has been shaped like an airplane. The wings of the plane have three rings each that are used to hold small metal cups. The tail of the decanter has a small spout with a lever and a piece of cork on the inside that helps hold the tail in place. This tail can be removed so that the bottle can be filled. A metal tube runs from the spout through the cork to allow the liquid to pass through. A metal cap on the top of the decanter has a small cone shaped cork that fits into a small hole on the top of the decanter. Yellow paint on the nose of the decanter spells out "Spirit of St. Louis" The front has a free spinning propeller.