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): 223.5 x 269.2cm, 1.3kg (88 x 106 in., 2 7/8lb.)
A blue tablecloth with a curved wave pattern along the edges. The pattern on the tablecloth alternates by horizontal row. One row is comprised of images of the Spirit of St. Louis inside of a wreath facing to the right. Between every wreath is an image of the Statue of Liberty with the text "NEW YORK" The next horizontal row features the Spirit of St. Louis in the same wreath but this time the airplane is pointed to the left. The image between the wreaths is now the Eiffel Tower with the text "PARIS" beneath the image.