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: September 21, 1927
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 29.2 x 22.2cm (11 1/2 x 8 3/4 in.)
Paper and metal.
Program for a reception held in honor of Lindbergh on September 21, 1927 in San Diego, California. The program is sixteen pages stapled twice in the center fold. The front cover is black text on top of a silver background with a blue stripe across it. Charles Lindbergh's autograph is signed across the bottom right corner of his picture on the front cover. Inside the front and back cover are blank, except that inside the front cover is handwritten in blue ink "Cover designed by Harold Holmes, autographed by Charles Lindbergh Banquet attended by Mr & Mrs Walter W. Austin. All of the text and illustrations are black and white, the only exception being the blue border around pages eight and nine.