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): 9 x 11.6cm (3 9/16 x 4 9/16 in.)
A piece of paper with the stamp in the center. The paper has an image of the Spirit of St. Louis above the stamp against a blue background. To the right and left of the stamp are silhouettes of five different aircraft and one human glider. These images are divided into groups of three set against either a green of yellow background. The stamp has an in image of Lindbergh wearing a flight jacket with the Spirit of St. Louis parked on a grass field in the background. The bottom of the stamp is white with black lettering "REPUBLIQUE ISLAMIQUE DE MAURITANIE"