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.
A small box of matches that has a red and blue cover. The red portion of the cover has a small image of a pilot inside of a blue circle. An airplane is below the image with a white line running from the tail up above the image of the pilot and connecting with "American Ace" written in script. The blue section has a small white hangar with white lettering "MATCHES" The two long side of the box are the striking surfaces. The matches inside the box are wooden with red tips.