Bookends, Lindbergh, King Collection


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

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.


Non-ferrous metal, paint


3-D: 17.8 x 5.7 x 13cm, 1.2kg (7 x 2 1/4 x 5 1/8 in., 2 5/8lb.)



Physical Description

One metal bookend (of a pair), bookend that has the imagery on the opposite site from the base. The relief shows Lindbergh standing in front of the Spirit of St. Louis waving. The I and S in Louis on the aircraft's nose is blocked by Lindbergh's body. In the top left corner of the image the Eiffel Tower is done in a shallow relief with light emanating from its top. The Statue of Liberty is in the top right corner with beams of light emerging from the torch.


MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

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