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"Spirit of St. Louis" Cigar Box Label

Summary

Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0987
Dates:
circa 1927
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.05 Cubic feet
1 folder
Repository:
This single-item collection consists of an unused Mazer-Cressman cigar box color label (6.5 x 7.75 inches) commemorating Charles A. Lindbergh's solo transatlantic flight in the Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis (r/n N-X-211) on May 20-21, 1927.

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
This single-item collection consists of an unused 5-cent cigar box label (6.5 x 7.75 inches) issued by the Mazer-Cressman Cigar Co. Inc. (Detroit, Michigan) in honor of Charles A. Lindbergh's solo transatlantic flight in the Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis (r/n N-X-211) on May 20-21, 1927. The chromolithograph print, produced for Mazer-Cressman by the American Lithographic Co. (New York), features a right side view of the Spirit of St. Louis in flight over the title in a half-circle, with stylized illustrations of the cities of St. Louis and New York (USA) at left and Paris (France) at right.

Arrangement

Arrangement
Single-item collection.

Biographical / Historical

Biographical / Historical
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. Objects of popular culture such as this cigar box label reflect the public adulation for Lindbergh and the powerful commercial response to his celebrity. The Mazer-Cressman Cigar Company Inc. of Detroit, Michigan (once a major United States cigar-making center) filed a trademark for this design with the US Patent Office in July 1927.

Administration

Author
Melissa A. N. Keiser
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Robert Jaques, gift, 1973, NASM.XXXX.0987
Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Melissa A. N. Keiser, 2023.

Digital Content


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Preferred Citation
"Spirit of St. Louis" Cigar Box Label, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0987, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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