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 rectangular knit textile featuring Lindbergh's flight to Mexico in the Spirit of St. Louis. An image of Lindbergh is in the center of the textile inside an oval. The Spirit of St. Louis is shown on the left and the right of Lindbergh flying over images of New York and Mexico. The Statue of Liberty is on the far right side of the textile.