Tablecloth, Gen. James H. Doolittle


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This tablecloth was maintained by Jimmy Doolittle's wife Josephine. Following a dinner celebrating his first all-instrument flight in 1929, Josephine asked her guests to sign the white damask tablecloth that covered the dinner table and then embroidered over the names with black thread. She continued this tradition and collected hundreds of signatures of other aviation personalities. The Gen. Doolittel donated the tablecloth to the National Air and Space Museum in 1974.

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

Donated by Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle (USAF, Ret.)


Overall: Linen


2-D - Unframed (H x W): 180.3 x 215.9cm (71 x 85 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

Jimmy Doolittle tablecloth; white rectangular linen with autographs over stitched or embroidered in black thread. See Transcriptions for details of signatures (



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