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: 5.7 x 8.9 x 1.3cm (2 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 1/2 in.)
Paper, wood, phosphorous
A white matchbook with a blue image of the Spirit of St. Louis at the fold on the book. On the front cover of the book blue lettering "Spirit of St. Louis Restaurant" is located beneath the airplane. The front cover opens and the inside of the book has several red-tipped matches and a striking strip that has been used. The back of the book has the same image at the top and the same blue lettering but also has the phone number and address of the restaurant.