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: 25.4 x 9.5 x 16.5cm, 1.6kg (10 x 3 3/4 x 6 1/2 in., 3 1/2lb.)
Metal, glass and fabric, felt
A clock in the center piece of the display is situated below an airplane that rests on top of a square that houses the clock. To the left of the clock face is a statuette of the Statue of Liberty, to the right is the Eiffel Tower. The back of the central clock housing has the various knobs used to wind and set the two hands of the clock. A piece of green felt is attached to the bottom of the clock.