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): 61 x 38.1cm (24 x 15 in.)
Paper and metal
A rectangular calendar with three portraits on the upper half of the paper. The center portrait is that of Lindbergh. He is flanked on the left and right by his father and his mother respectively. Below Lindbergh is an image of the Spirit of St. Louis flying above an image of the North Atlantic between the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. Below the image of the world is the calendar. The dates are arranged in six sheets, each containing two months for the year 1928.