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 foldable straight razor, still sharp, in case. The case is a dark brown with worn edges that pulls apart into two pieces. When pulled apart the hinge of the razor is revealed and can then be pulled out of the box. A small tag inside the box reads that the razor is sharp and ready to use. The box has the text "SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS" pressed into the smaller end of the box. The razor has a black cover with gold colored decoration. At each end of the razor on both sides is a biplane. in between these biplanes is a small square with the text "SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS" in gold lettering. A metal handles protrudes from one end of the black holder that the blade hinges on.