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): 26.5 x 20.5cm (10 7/16 x 8 1/16 in.)
A piece of paper with ten (10) stamps that were printed as part of a sport series in 2000 in France. The stamps feature five memorable events in sport history. One stamp commemorates Carl Lewis running the 100 meters in less than 10 seconds in 1984. Another commemorates Marcel Cerdan winning the world middle-weight belt in boxing in 1948. One commemorates Charles Lindbergh and his trans-Atlantic flight of 1927. The stamps are arranged on the paper in two groups of five. One group is situated in a line along the bottom of the paper. The other group has the five stamps located in the top half of the paper with pictures of Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis, Jean-Claude Killy and the French World Cup soccer team beneath the stamps. The piece of paper is surrounded by a golden border. Included with this piece of paper is another piece of paper that is designed to hold the stamps. This paper provides a description of everyone and their achievements that is commemorated on the stamps.