Exceptional set of items: first is a gorgeous matte-finish 8 x 11 formal portrait of the aviator in a handsome suit and tie, signed and inscribed in fountain pen just two weeks after his historic transatlantic flight, “To George Wingay, With best wishes, Charles A. Lindbergh, June 3, 1927.” Photographer’s notations in the lower border read: “7 rue Dumont d’Urville G. L. Manuel Freres.” Second is a small .5 x .25 swatch of fabric from the skin of his iconic airplane, the Spirit of St. Louis. Wonderfully double-matted and framed together with two engraved plaques to an overall size of 25 x 21. In overall fine condition, with somewhat light contrast to signature against his dark jacket. Upon his arrival in Paris on May 21, Lindbergh was received with unprecedented adulation and hailed an international hero. He remained in Europe for two weeks, making a series of brief flights and attending countless events in his honor, before beginning his trip back to the US on June 4. Signed on his final day in Paris, and accompanied by a piece of the plane that carried him across the Atlantic, this is a phenomenal piece of aviation history. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
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Superlative glossy 10 x 8 Underwood photo of Lindbergh posing beside his iconic Sprit of St. Louis, boldly signed in fountain pen, “C. A. Lindbergh.” In fine condition, with some scattered surface creases and small tears and adhesive remnants to corners. Accompanied by a program for a banquet honoring Lindbergh in Philadelphia on October 22, 1927.
Lindbergh’s flight was inspired in part by a $25,000 prize offered by hotel owner Raymond Orteig in 1919 for the first aviator to fly nonstop from New York to Paris—by 1927, six prominent aviators had lost their lives pursuing the prize, and it had still not been claimed. Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on May 27, 1927, spending 33.5 hours in the air before landing at Le Bourget Airport in Paris on May 21. Well over 100,000 people had gathered at the field to see him successfully touch down, and Lindbergh was promptly launched into the international spotlight. His feat captured the public imagination for years to come, and this is one of the most well-known photographs of the iconic pilot and his plane. A truly spectacular piece.
Desirable airmail cover with a stamped horseshoe cachet reading “Lindbergh Again Flies the Airmail,” signed in the upper left in fountain pen, “C. A. Lindbergh.” Postmarked St. Louis, Missouri, February 20, 1928. Small stains and stray ink marks, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the original transmittal letter from Henry Breckinridge, dated November 30, 1927. Breckinridge worked closely with Lindbergh for years and was by his side throughout the developing story of his son’s kidnapping; he went on to serve as Lindbergh’s representative at the trial. Lindbergh flew a series of special airmail flights over his old route on February 20 and February 21, 1928, to raise awareness of the airmail service. Lindbergh and two other pilots flew between St. Louis and Chicago, with each piece of mail they carried receiving this special ‘horseshoe’ stamp. The demand for these covers was so high that three planes were needed to carry it all, but the Post Office Department assured everyone that Lindbergh at least took each plane for a trip around the airfield, so each piece of mail got flown by him. A fascinating piece of aviation history. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
United States National Bank check, 6.25 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Lindbergh, “Charles A. Lindbergh,” payable to Ryan Airlines for $923.27, April 4, 1927. Two vertical folds (one passing through a single letter of the signature) and expected cancellation holes, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a copy of the invoice from Ryan Airlines itemizing the instrumentation he purchased, including an air speed indicator, earth conductor compass, eight-day Waltham clock, bank and turn indicator, and inclinometer.
In February 1927, less than 24 hours after hearing of Charles Lindbergh’s search for a single-engine plane, the Ryan Airlines Corporation of San Diego offered to build a plane for $6,000, excluding the engine. Ryan, led by company president Frank Mahoney, would need three months to manufacture Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, officially known as the Ryan NYP. Both Mahoney and designer Donald Hall voiced full confidence in Lindbergh’s choice of a single-engine plane, and Lindbergh was won over by their apparent skill and dedication, even after he informed them that the plane would have to be completed in two months, not three. Hall and the Ryan Airlines staff worked closely with Lindbergh to design and build the single-seat, single-engine monoplane in just 60 days.
This check, one of just sixteen issued on Lindbergh’s account during the period of the construction of the Spirit of St. Louis, (February 28 to May 5, 1927), and one of seven issued to Ryan Airlines, was used to pay for cockpit parts and equipment for Lindbergh’s record-breaking flight. The funds for these checks were provided by a group of St. Louis investors in response to the frenzied national race and prize money offered to the first person who could fly nonstop across the Atlantic. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Original circa 1930 Keystone View stereoview photographic card, 7 x 3.5, of Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of Saint Louis. Sharp and clear image. The mount has only light wear.
RR Auction COA.