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): 213.4 x 203.2cm, 1.7kg (84 x 80 in., 3 3/4lb.)
Natural fabric (plant based)
This quilt has a pink border that forms a square in the center of the surface. Inside this square are twenty-five (25) smaller squares arranged in a 5x5 pattern. The squares alternate between and eagle with its wings spread and a top down view of an airplane. The central square features a heart with Charles and Anne Lindbergh's faces inside of the heart.