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.
2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 14 x 19.1 x 2.1cm (5 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 13/16 in.)
Wood, brass, steel, paper, and glass
A wooden frame with a picture of the Spirit of St. Louis and an inset of Charles Lindbergh wearing flight goggles, cap and jacket. The picture has a yellow background and is set back in the frame away from the glass. The glass has a yellow border with an eagle with outstretched wings at the top. Below the eagle in red lettering "Ryan" The bottom of the border has a yellow box with red lettering "Spirit of St. Louis" Four L-shaped pieces of metal are located in the corners of the frame. The backing of the frame has a white piece of paper with brown lettering "Spirit of St. Louis" the rest of the paper is written about the plane and the accomplishments that it achieved.