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): 62.9 x 36.8cm (24 3/4 x 14 1/2 in.)
Paper, fabric, foam board
A rectangular poster with images of famous aviators such as Lindbergh, Chamberlin, Brock and Byrd each inside of their own oval. Lindbergh's picture is located in the center of all of the pictures and is the largest. Below the pictures is an image of the Earth looking down on the North Pole. Stretching across the continents are multiple orange lines with varying patterns. Each line represents a famous flight. To the left of Mexico there is a small legend that identifies each route, who flew it, the distance and the year that is was flown. Below the image of the North Pole is a map of Central America. This map has an orange line denoting the route that Lindbergh took on his tour of Latin America. The map also features a legend showing altitude relevant to shades on the map. Inset in the bottom left corner of this map is a map of the continental United States with an orange line showing Lindbergh's route of his tour of the United States.