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.
3-D Test: 1.3 x 8.7cm, 0.2kg (1/2 x 3 7/16 in., 3/8lb.)
Glass, metal, and plastic
A round metal cosmetic mirror. The front has a blue border with white lettering "PARISIAN NOVELTY COMPANY CHICAGO." Inside the border is an image of a high wing monoplane flying over a factory. The factory has a green water tower with black lettering "Parisian Novelty Co." A road in front of the factory has three cars on it.