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): 21.6 x 7.6cm (8 1/2 in. x 3 in.)
Metal, paper and fabric
A white ribbon with the American and French flags laid over each other at the top. Below the flags is an image of Lindbergh wearing a flight jacket. Below the image of Lindbergh is an image of the Spirit of St. Louis. The bottom of the ribbon has an image of New York City on the left and the Eiffel Tower on the right, between these images is a dashed line with an airplane on that line pointed towards the Eiffel Tower. The ribbon has a metal pin in the back attaching it to a piece of paper with the manufacturer's information and ordering information in the center.