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.
A 500 piece jigsaw puzzle that when completed shows the front page of the New York Times from Sunday, May 22, 1927. The front page headline reads "LINDBERGH DOES IT! TO PARIS IN 33 1/2 HOURS; FLIES 1,000 MILES THROUGH SNOW AND SLEET; CHEERING FRENCH CARRY HIM OFF FIELD" Below the headline there is a picture of Lindbergh wearing a suit and tie just below a map if the North Atlantic with Lindbergh's route highlighted. The entire front page has stories dedicated to Lindbergh or an aspect of his flight. When completed the puzzle is a full size replica measuring 18 1/4 by 22 3/4 inches. The box for the puzzle is red with an image of the completed puzzle and black text that reads "PARKER BROTHERS PRESENTS THE NEW YORK TIMES HISTORIC PUZZLE."