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): 10 x 15.1cm (3 15/16 x 5 15/16 in.)
A white card that folds twice with images and words made of a gold mirrored material. The front of the card has an image of Lindbergh standing in front of the Spirit of St. Louis. This image is surrounded by two columns and an arch. When the first fold is opened a calendar for the year 1927 is displayed. The inside of the card features a picture of the Spirit of St. Louis parked with a crowd gathered around it. All of the wording is in French on the outside and inside.