Bookends, 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.

Bookends, 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.

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Physical Description

One metal bookend (of a pair), bookend that has a relief of Lindbergh's face in the center. Below his face is an eagle with its wings spread over the bookend's entire width. This eagle is standing atop a curved surface that has a small airplane on it. The center of the base has "Col Lindbergh" engraved in the metal. The front of the bookend has three different colors. The left and right edges are red, the center is green and Lindbergh’s face is yellow. The back of the bookend is yellow.

Credit Line

Gift of the Stanley King Family.




3-D: 11.7 x 4.4 x 19.4cm, 2.4kg (4 5/8 x 1 3/4 x 7 5/8 in., 5 3/8lb.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture