Charles Lindbergh Memorabilia Stanley King Collection 1927-1939

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Collection Item Summary:

The Stanley King Collection was donated to the Museum in 2002, and the archival material was later transferred to the Archives. The archival material includes photograph albums, scrapbooks, postcards, photographs, philately, sheet music, records, film, CDs (data and audio), videotapes, flyers, articles, advertisements, reception ephemera, magazines, and labels. The eight photo albums, arranged chronically 1927-1933, include some lovely photographs of Anne Lindbergh and their flights in the Lockheed Sirius "Tingmissartoq," and Lindbergh's tour through Mexico and South American. The four scrapbooks consists of newspaper clippings (with a few pieces of sheet music) relating mostly to the 1927 flight.

Collection Item Long Description:

Date

  • 1927
  • 1927-1939

Local number

2010-0022

Notes

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. Composed of more than 400 artifacts and archival items, this collection illustrates the popular culture phenomenon that turned the reserved young pilot from Minnesota into the first media superstar of the 20th century. The colorful assortment of commemorative toys, pins, games, bottles, jewelry, hats and pennants was collected by Lindbergh enthusiast Stanley King over several decades and donated to the museum in 2002. Most of the items were mass-merchandised to the public as Lindbergh toured the United States and Latin America in the years immediately following the New York-to-Paris flight. The artifacts and archival material 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

Cite as

Charles Lindbergh Memorabilia [Stanley King] Collection, Accession 2010-0022, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560

Creator

King, Stanley

Subject

  • Lindbergh, Charles A (Charles Augustus) 1902-1974
  • Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906-2001
  • Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis"

Topic

  • Aeronautics
  • Transatlantic flights
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Lockheed Model 8 Sirius "Tingmissartoq"

Physical description

5 cubic feet (14 boxes)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access

Type

  • Scrapbooks
  • Collection descriptions
  • Ephemera
  • Photograph albums
  • Sheet music

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