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 14, 1927
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 27.9 x 21.6cm (11 in. x 8 1/2 in.)
Paper and cardboard
Poster for a banquet in honor of Lindbergh on June 14, 1927 in New York City. The poster is printed on a single sheet of paper that has been mounted to a thin piece of cardboard. The text and background illustrations are in blue ink and the American and French flags in the foreground are a vivid red, white, and blue. The seal beneath the flags is embossed in a gold color.