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 lithograph with the Statue of Liberty in the foreground on the left side and the New York skyline in the background. Above and to the right of the Statue is the Spirit of St. Louis with the top wing visible. Two other aircraft are further in the background on the right side above a bridge. Multiple boats are in the water between the Statue and the coast.