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: 6.7 x 7.6cm (2 5/8 x 3 in.)
A brown circular metal container with a relief metal image of the Spirit of St. Louis on the lid. The Spirit of St. Louis is shown in the air with clouds in the background. "N-X-211" is visible on the underside of the wing. A copyright for "Metzke" from 1978 is visible along the bottom edge of the stamp.