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): 24.9 x 20cm (9 13/16 x 7 7/8 in.)
Paper and glue
A notepad with a white cover that has an image of the Spirit of St. Louis and an inset image of Lindbergh in a jacket and tie above the tail of the airplane. The words "Spirit of St. Louis" are above the image of Lindbergh and the plane and the words "CAPTAIN CHARLES A. LINDBERGH" are below the image. The text and image are bordered by a black line pattern with three stars and three wreaths. The back of the pad is a piece of board with no writing or text on its surface. The pages inside have very faint blue lines and no writing.