Spirit of St. Louis

Object Number: 
INV.11938
Date: 
1927-1933
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 1/4 x 16 3/4 in. ( 38.7 x 42.5 cm )
Marks: 
printed: below medallions: "NEW YORK/ PARIS/ SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS/ NEW YORK TO PARIS IN 33hr 29min/ SAN DIEGO" printed: along selvedge: "W. McG & Co. (c)"
Description: 
Cotton roller-printed textile fragment commemorating Charles Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris in 1927; portrait of Lindbergh in a winged-garland with a cat; winged medallions of plane leaving New York in daylight, arriving in Paris in darkness, image of a plane over a globe, plane over the coast of California, and the Spirit of St. Louis; printed in maroon ink on an off-white ground.
Gallery Label: 

The cat below the portrait of Lindbergh on this textile represents his kitten, Patsy, that would accompany him on flights. Patsy was not a passenger on Lindbergh's transatlantic flight, however; its stand-in was a toy doll Felix the Cat, the cartoon character.

Bibliography: 

Herbert Ridgeway Collins, Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979), 418.

Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group