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.
A sheet that appears to be a piece of a quilt. The sheet is divided into 30 squares by strips of purple fabric. Inside each square is an airplane made from various strips of fabric of different colors and patterns. The sheet is not a perfect square and is frayed along some of the edges. The stitching can be seen on the reverse of the sheet.