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: 14 x 15.2 x 22.9cm (5 1/2 x 6 x 9 in.)
Fabric, felt, metal and paper
A watch stand covered in felt with a long metal rod standing up straight (used to hold watch). A metal Spirit of St. Louis airplane is attached to the base by a stand. The back of the stand is split diagonally into a white and black section. The black section has whit lettering" Longines Historic Flight Historic Watch" The white section has black lettering "The Longines Hour Angle Watch designed by Charles A. Lindbergh" The base of the stand is black with a piece of white felt placed over a portion of it. The white felt has black lettering "Longines Wittnauer" This watch stand would have been used to display the Longines Hour Angle Watch in jewelry cases. Object number A20040287021 could have been displayed on this stand.