Compact, 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.

Compact, 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

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Gift of the Stanley King Family.


Metal, glass, and fabric


3-D: 1.3 x 5.1cm (1/2 x 2 in.)

Physical Description

A hinged black cosmetic case with a picture of Lindbergh in a flight jacket on the top. A button located on the bottom half just below the break between the two halves unlatches the top. Inside the case is a mirror and cosmetic pad. The pad sits on a metal disk that still has powder on it. The pad has a small strap with red lettering "Lindy".


MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

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