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: 3.2 x 4cm (1 1/4 x 1 9/16 in.)
Metal, glue and plastic
A piece of metal, with a small lip, in the shape of Minnesota with the name of the state engraved below an image of Lindbergh. The image of Lindbergh wearing a flight cap and goggles in a blue shield shaped piece of plastic is located in the center of the metal. There is a small rectangular magnet attached to the back of the metal.