Bookend, Lindbergh, King Collection


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Bookend, Lindbergh, King Collection

Collection Item Summary:

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.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Gift of the Stanley King Family.




3-D: 10.8 x 5.7 x 20.6cm, 0.6kg (4 1/4 x 2 1/4 x 8 1/8 in., 1 3/8lb.)

Physical Description

Single bookend made of thin metal that is stamped into the shape of Lindbergh's upper body. He is wearing a jacket with a tie. The base is rounded sloping piece that has text engraved inside of a wreath. The text is in French and commemorates Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic.


MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

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