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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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Object Details
Type MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture Physical Description A brown plastic pen with a black twist tip, black end cap and a silver clip. Half of the pen is clear plastic with the image of the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. A small Spirit of St. Louis airplane moves between the two when the pen is turned on its end. Dimensions 3-D: 14.9 x 1.1cm (5 7/8 x 7/16 in.)
Materials Plastic and ferrous metal
Inventory Number A20040292034 Credit Line Gift of the Stanley King Family. Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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