Thimble, Lindbergh, King Collection


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:

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


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

Credit Line

Gift of the Stanley King Family.


steel, plastic, paper


3-D: 2.1 x 2.4cm (13/16 x 15/16 in.)

Physical Description

A silver thimble with a piece of metal shaped like a shield attached to one side. The shield has a color image of Lindbergh wearing a flight cap set against a blue background. Above and below the image there is black lettering "Chas. Lindbergh" and "Little Falls Minn." respectively. The thimble has circular impressions along its surface.


MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

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