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 8.3cm (4 x 3 1/4 in.)
Glass, plastic, steel
A white ball Christmas ornament with a metal cap. A plastic decal placed over the ornament has an image of the Spirit of St. Louis set against a dark background. The image is bordered by an orange line with the text "Merry Christmas" and "1982" at the top and bottom of the image, respectively. The backside of the label tells how Lindbergh traveled across the Atlantic and became the first to complete a non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic on May 20-21, 1927.