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): 6.4cm (2 1/2 in. dia.)
A circular piece of paper with text on one side inside a black circle in black lettering "LEARN TO FLY GOOD FOR $5.00 ON MECHANICAL COURSE; $10.00 TO $25.00 ON FLYING COURSES. AVAILABLE TO ONE STUDENT ONLY. ST JAMES AIR COLLEGE ONE OF THE BEST AND LOWEST PRICED SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD. PAY AS YOU LEARN COME, WRITE OR WIRE. ST. JAMES AIR COLLEGE ST JAMES, MO." The opposite side features an image of Lindbergh inside of a black circle. Above the image in black lettering "THIS MAN LEARNED TO FLY. WHY NOT YOU?" and below in black lettering "COL. CHARLES A. LINDBERGH"