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): 24.8 x 33cm (9 3/4 in. x 13 in.)
A sepia toned picture with Charles Lindbergh on the right standing next to a car. Lindbergh is wearing a suit and a tie and his right hand his stretched out and is holding onto the door of the car. A small dog is sitting on the runner of the car. The car is parked in front of the Spirit of St. Louis, which has its nose facing the camera. Windows on the side of the building that the airplane is in can be seen above Lindbergh’s head.