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 - In Frame (H x W x D): 12.1 x 15.2cm (4 3/4 x 6 in.)
Metal, fiberboard, paper
A gold colored embossed piece of metal (most likely brass) over a thin frame of fiberboard. The relief is molded with a profile view of the Spirit of St. Louis flying over water from a stylized New York City skyline and Statue of Liberty on the mid-right both appearing in the distance at the tail end of the aircraft. "Spirit of St. Louis" on the nose of the aircraft the name "LINDBERGH" appears on the bottom left on top of the water as does "1927" on the lower right side. On the back is a glued on paper label which states: Lindbergh 1927 Charles Lindbergh's small 220h.p. Ryan Monoplane "Spirit of St. Louis", is the one in which he won world fame in May 1927, by flying alone, 3,600 miles non-stop from New York to Paris in 33 1/2 hours.