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: 17.1 x 7.5 x 27.5cm (6 3/4 x 2 15/16 x 10 13/16 in.)
Paper, steel, adhesive
A rectangular box with a lid that features a picture of Lindbergh wearing a jacket and tie in the center. This picture is placed inside of a green oval that rests in a white detachable collar that is in front of an American Flag. Above the flag is an image of the Spirit of St. Louis set against a blue sky with clouds. The top of the wing on the plane has black lettering "New-York Paris 1927 33h 21" Below the image of the collar blue lettering reads "Charles Lindbergh" In the bottom right corner of the lid an image of lion resting inside of a triangle. The box has a smaller label on one of the shorter sides with an image of the American flag and the same image of Lindbergh, oval and collar as on the lid. To the right of this flag is a black and white ball with the number 40 in the white section.