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 - Unframed (H x W): 11.1 x 16.5cm (4 3/8 x 6 1/2 in.)
paper, cloth and ferrous metal
A folding paper booklet containing five smaller needle books and fifteen needles of various lengths and designs. The front cover has an image of the Spirit of St. Louis with white lettering "Lucky" on the underside of the wing. Red lettering "New York- Paris Needle Book Lucky That's All" is below the airplane. The back of the book has an image of a little girl sitting on a woman's lap raising her hand towards the Spirit of St. Louis while the mother is sewing a white piece of cloth. A brown envelope has the same design as the front cover of the booklet with additional red lettering in the corners "Price 75 cents"