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.
Date: May 24, 1927
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 25.4 x 16.5cm (10 in. x 6 1/2 in.)
Menu for a luncheon held for Lindbergh at the Hotel Ambassador on May 24, 1927 and hosted by the American Club of Paris. The menu is printed on one sheet of paper which is folded in half. On the front cover is an illustration in black ink of the Spirit of St. Louis flying against the background of the Eiffel Tower and Paris. The drawing is framed by a thick yellow line. The menu opens up to show an illustration of a globe that spans both inside pages. The globe depicts Lindbergh's flight from New York to Paris and includes the approximate times he flew over certain locations. The illustration and the border of the inside page are yellow and the text about the luncheon and the menu are black. The back cover has an illustration of the Spirit of St. Louis flying above a ship in the ocean. The illustration is in black and the border around it is yellow.