Button, Lindbergh, King Collection
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 oval shaped metal button with a pastel colored face. The bottom half of the button is blue and the top half is a mix of orange and red. A black silhouette image of the Spirit of St. Louis is in the middle of the button pointed away from New York City on the left and towards the Eiffel Tower on the right.
- National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
- Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight
- MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture
- Metal, paper and plastic.
- 3-D: 4.6 × 1 × 3.8cm (1 13/16 × 3/8 × 1 1/2 in.)