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) (Paper): 15.9 x 11.7cm (6 1/4 x 4 5/8 in.)
gold-plated ferrous metal and paper
A gold bookmark in the shape of a profile view of the Spirit of St. Louis. The back half of the airplane has a metal band around the outside of the plane that is used to hold the page. A small face can be seen in the window of the plane and the lettering "Spirit of St. Louis" appears on the nose. The airplane has a white piece of paper labeled "Bookmark" "24K Gold Finish"