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.
2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Each): 2.9 x 4.1cm (1 1/8 x 1 5/8 in.)
Three (3) stamps from the Republic of Maldives commemorating the 50th anniversary of Lindbergh's Atlantic crossing. Two of the stamps are situated vertically. One has an image of Lindbergh standing in front of the nose of the Spirit of St. Louis wearing a green flight suit with a brown collar. The other vertical stamp has an image of Lindbergh from the shoulders up wearing a brown jacket, white shirt and tie. The third stamp is situated horizontally and has an image of a red airplane with a yellow wing and fixed landing gear. The pilot's head can be seen because the canopy is pulled back.