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: 10.2 x 6.4 x 10.2cm (4 x 2 1/2 x 4 in.)
Plastic and metal
A white alarm clock with a red face and clear plastic cover. The face has an image of Lindbergh wearing a tie set against a white background with black lettering "Sunday News" the numbers on the face are white and each have a white dot next to them. Next to Lindbergh's head are two colored stripes, red and purple. The red has white lettering "N.Y. to Paris - 33 1/2 HRS." The purple has white lettering "May 20-21, 1927" The hour and minute hands are black while the second hand is gold. The back of the clock has two plastic knobs and one metal key.