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Watch Fob, Lindbergh, King Collection

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Watch Fob, 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

Rights

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

Credit Line

Gift of the Stanley King Family.

Materials

Leather and metal

Dimensions

3-D: 5.6 x 14.3cm (2 3/16 x 5 5/8 in.)

Physical Description

A watch fob attached to a black leather strap with buckle. The fob is shaped like the front of an airplane. The wing on top features the text "NEW YORK - PARIS". Around the propeller are the words "Capt. Lindbergh 1927". The reverse of the fob features the manufacturer's name and location.

Type

MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

Inventory Number

A20040287016