Button, Lindbergh, King Collection

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Display Status:

This object is on display in the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

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.

Materials

Metal, ferrous in nature, paper, plastic and fabric

Dimensions

3-D: 10.5 × 4 × 0.3cm (4 1/8 × 1 9/16 × 1/8 in.)

Physical Description

A white button with a border that alternates between red and white stripes and a blue background with white stars. In the center of the button is an image of Lindbergh smiling wearing a suit and tie. Black lettering below the image reads "Captain Charles Plucky Lindbergh" The button is attached to a red white and blue striped ribbon that hangs below the button. In the center of the ribbon is a gold image of the Spirit of St. Louis with gold lettering above and below "Welcome Home Our Hero"

Type

MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

Inventory Number

A20040296001