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Button, Lindbergh, King Collection

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

Button, 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

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, fabric, plastic and paper

Dimensions

2-D - Unframed (H x W): 5.4 x 3.2cm (2 1/8 x 1 1/4 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

1927

Physical Description

White button with two intersecting ovals with an image of Lindbergh in the right oval and the Spirit of St. Louis in the left oval. The word "WE" appears at the top-center of the pin above the ovals. A small fabric American flag is hung from the bottom of the pin.

Type

MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

Inventory Number

A20040284002