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.
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National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co.
Gift of the Stanley King Family.
Metal, glass, and leather
3-D: 22 × 3.7 × 1.1cm (8 11/16 × 1 7/16 × 7/16 in.)
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- A wristwatch with a brown leather strap. The watch face is white with Roman Numerals from I to XII in a circle around its surface. Below each of these numerals are the multiples of 15. A black hour, minute and second hand tell the time. A smaller darker circle is located inside of the Roman numerals. This smaller circle has multiples of 10 on its surface with 9 dashes between the numbers. The glass is flush with the metal frame. A ring around the glass as the numbers 1 to 15 with the number 30 between each. Two crowns are located at 2 and 3 o'clock on the right side of the watch.