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: 9.7 x 9cm (3 13/16 x 3 9/16 in.)
Paper, paint, bronze alloy
A gold colored booklet with a green circle in the center. In this green circle is a profile of Charles Lindbergh. The booklet opens and contains two circles on the opposing sides of the booklet. On the left side is a blue circle with an image of Benjamin Franklin, on the right is a green shield with two hands clasping together. The back cover of the booklet has green text "SOUVENIR OF FIRST TRANS-ATLANTIC SOLO FLIGHT IN HEAVIER-THAN-AIR MACHINE BY COLONEL CHARLES A. LINDBERGH NEW YORK TO PARIS IN 33 1/2 HOURS MAY 20TH-21ST, 1927"