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.
This high wing monoplane coin bank has text on the side of the bank that reads "Spirit of Saving" A large S is shared by both the word spirit and the word saving. The top of the bank has an elongated horseshoe shaped piece of metal that contains eight pins with a slot between them. A small keyhole is located above the slot. The propeller on the front of the bank has a gold tint to it and can freely rotate. The two wheels can also rotate independently.