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 glass container in the shape of an airplane with a pilot wearing a black cap sticking out of the top of the wing. The wing is silver with two circles, one on each end of the wing, there is a star inside of each circle. The nose is a piece of gray metal that has a red propeller attached. The nose unscrews from the container so that it can be filled. The side of the glass has the text "Spirit of Goodwill" molded onto its surface.