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): 3 x 5.2cm (1 3/16 x 2 1/16 in.)
A horizontally situated stamp from Djibouti commemorating the 60th anniversary of Lindbergh's Atlantic flight with a silver border. Inside this border is a rectangle that has an image of Lindbergh, wearing a brown flight jacket, and the Spirit of St. Louis set against the sky with a dark cloud in the background. At the top of the stamp is a bar that is divided into a yellow and a red section. Inside the yellow half is the text "REPUBLIQUE DE DJIBOUTI"