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.
Date: June 16, 1927
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 31.8 x 24.1cm (12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.)
Paper and fabric
Program for a banquet honoring Lindbergh by the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce at the Waldorf-Astoria on June 16, 1927. The program has an outer cover and eight pages bound by fabric. Three of the pages, as well as inside the front and back covers, are blank. The printed pages have both text and illustration. The illustration of Lindbergh is printed on a separate piece of paper that is adhered to the page by the top edge on the back of the picture. On the top of the front cover is a raised imprint of a plane flying over a globe marked with lines of latitude and longitude. The globe is bordered by clouds on the left and stars on the right.