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 poster with a central panel that contains an image of a two engine bi-plane flying above a stretch of green coastline that divides the bottom half of the panel in half. Underneath the airplane the sun is partly obscured by the clouds. The top left and right corners of the poster above the panel each contain three ovals with headshots of famous aviators. Lindbergh's portrait is the rightmost on the left hand side.