March 5: The Museum in Washington, DC will open today. Due to weather, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is closed.
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.
A rectangular dark gray board with an image of Lindbergh standing in front of the Spirit of St. Louis waving. Below the image black lettering "Hoover Motor Sales" At the bottom of the board is a small flip calendar with white pages and red and black lettering. The name of the month and the dates that land on Sunday are in red, the year "1928" and the other dates Mon-Sat are in black. The calendar is covered with a piece of dark gray paper with gold writing "Calendar of the Year" The image of Lindbergh and the calendar are bordered by a gold colored line with detailed patterns in the corners.