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: October 18, 1927
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 29.2 x 22.2cm (11 1/2 x 8 3/4 in.)
Paper, cardboard, and fabric.
Program for a dinner held for Lindbergh on October 18, 1927 in Baltimore. The program is eight pages bound to a hard cover by a white fabric cord. The pages are all made by larger sheets of paper folded horizontally, making each page two-ply. Pages two, seven, and eight are blank. The cover is dark green with edges fading to brown. On the front cover "COL. CHARLES A. LINDBERGH" is embossed in a gold color and one small embossed star is in each of the four corners. A border of three impressed lines is also on the front cover. Dark green fabric with a wavy pattern is mounted to both the front and back inside covers. The illustration of the Spirit of St. Louis on the first page is black and white, and the artist’s signature in pencil is to the bottom right of the picture. The text on pages three through six is bordered by a design in green ink and the embellishment in the center of these pages is also green.