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    [Charles Lindbergh]. Archive of medals, photographs, a signed typescript, luncheon program, letter from Dick Blythe, and a book, "Decorations and Trophies of Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh."

    First offered in 1919 by Raymond Orteig, the prize was $25,000 to the first pilot or pilots who could fly from New York to Paris, or vice versa, non-stop. Many pilots had died in the attempt and, by 1927, it had still not been claimed. Charles A. Lindbergh, a 24 year old air mail pilot, determined to be the one to win the prize. Recruiting the Ryan Aeronautical Company to manufacture his specially designed plane, dubbed Spirit of St. Louis. The plane was tested on the flight from San Diego to New York, setting a transcontinental record of 20 hours 21 minutes with a stop in St. Louis for the night.

    Lindbergh departed on his historic flight from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, on the morning of May 20, 1924, (three hours later than planned due to light rain) and landed safely at Le Bourget Field 33 hours and 30 minutes later, making him an instant hero. He spent the next week and a half in France, Belgium, and England, before returning to the United States, this time by boat. Having returned to U. S. soil, Lucky Lindy was treated like royalty, taking part in parades, awards ceremonies, banquets, etc. President Calvin Coolidge presented him with the medal of honor. He published the book "We" about his flight and then embarked on the three month Guggenheim tour of the United States. During the tour, he would visit 92 cities, travel 1,290 miles in parades, and give 147 speeches.

    Medals
    City of New York Medal, 1927. 1.5" x 4", suspended from an orange, white, and blue ribbon. The medal features the Spirit, Seal of the City of New York, and the caption: "'We'/Captain Charles A. Lindbergh Reception." [and:] City of New York Medal, 1927. 1.5" x 4", suspended from a red, white, and blue ribbon with gilt lettering reading: "Brooklyn Day to Col. Charles Lindbergh/June16, 1927." The medal features the Spirit, Seal of the City of New York, and the caption: "'We'/Captain Charles A. Lindbergh Reception." [and:] Mayor's Committee on Reception. Gold coin surrounded by a silver wreath, the coin features the likeness of Lindbergh. On the verso is the caption: "New York to Paris/May 20 21, 1927/Non-stop Flight." Suspended from a gold hanger with a red, white, and blue ribbon to an overall size of 1.75" x 3". [and:] Washington Reception Medal. Gold medal featuring the Capitol Building and captioned: "Washington D. C." Suspended by a white ribbon with "Lindbergh Reception/Washington D. C./June 11-12, 1927" and an image of the Capitol Building printed above, in black. [and:] Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce Table Medal. 1929, 3.5" x 2.5", silvered, John Gregory, Sc. (Struck by the Robbins Co). The obverse depicts Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis and a portion of the globe showing the Atlantic Ocean below. PER ASPERA AD ASTRA (Through Trials to Glory) at bottom. With the clouds at left, a cherubic face is shown blowing wind toward the plane. The reverse depicts Lindbergh's pilot's wings and a seven line inscription below: "Commemorating First Non-Stop New York to Paris Flight By Col. Charles A. Lindbergh May 20-21, 1927. Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America." With a display holder of purple velvet.

    Photographs
    Comprised of seven photographs, all of Lindbergh taken shortly before or just after time of his flight to Paris including: Charles Lindbergh Pre-Paris Flight Photograph. Measuring 10" x 8", the photograph features Lindbergh standing with four others, including Harry Bruno and Richard Blythe. Accompanying the photo is a note, written on Bruno and Blythe letterhead. It reads, in full: "The picture appeared in Harry Bruno's Book 'Wings over America' publ. 1942. Following is the quote under the picture. 'This is perhaps the rarest Lindbergh photo in existence. It was taken shortly before Slim flew to world fame. In the center is an Earl Carroll chorus girl whose name I have long since forgotten. The men are myself, B. Franklin Mahoney, Lindbergh, and Dick Blythe. Lindbergh is wearing the clothes he wore during his pre flight stay in New York. The girl never tried to capitalize on the photo when Lindbergh became famous.'" [and:] Second Charles Lindbergh Pre-Paris Flight Photograph. Measuring 10" x 8", the photograph is the same as above with the exception that it is a more candid shot. The young woman is staring up at Lindbergh, who stands to her left, with admiration. The men, with the exception of Lindbergh himself, are looking in different directions and seem to sharing a laugh. [and:] Spirit of St. Louis Photograph. 6.25" x 4.5". Lindbergh stands at the door of the plane which has a crowd standing around it. [and:] Charles Lindbergh Photograph. Measuring 10" x 8', the photo features Lindbergh in a tuxedo surrounded by nine men. Richard "Dick" Blythe stands just at Lindy's left and Harry A. Bruno is seated on the floor in the middle. [and:] Charles Lindbergh Photograph. Measuring 10" x 8", a candid photo featuring Lindbergh standing near the open door of the Spirit, shaking hands with an unknown man. [and:] Charles Lindbergh Photograph. 5.75" x 3.5", Lindbergh is pictured standing between four members of the U. S. Navy on the deck of a ship, probably the USS Memphis on his return voyage to the States following his flight to Paris. [and:] Charles Lindbergh Photograph. 5" x 3", featuring Lindbergh, Dick Blythe, and an unknown woman walking toward a line of people at an airfield.

    Typed Copy of a Letter from Dick Blythe to Charles Lindbergh. Three pages, 8" x 10", "Eastern Ontario Flying School," March 9, 1941. Written shortly before his death in a student training accident, Blythe pleads with his friend to tell the world the truth behind his anti-war rhetoric and, in particular, his acceptance of a Nazi medal from the German F├╝hrer, leading to suspicion of Nazi sympathies. "A few days ago there appeared an article in one of the California papers that certainly tried to put you on a spot...it seems incredible that you should take the dirt from the press when it would be so easy for you to tell the facts as I know them and...remove any suspicion from the minds of the general public...unless you correct some of the misunderstandings the distorted minds of Mr. Public...I am afraid there will be fog ahead."

    He goes on to urge him to talk openly about his acceptance of the medal: "Why not tell the truth particularly about the decoration from the German Government you received in 1938...the decoration was given to you in the presence of several people at the American embassy...the medal was returned by you to the donor within two days after you received it...let them know that you returned the decoration, remove all doubt from their minds that you now have or have ever had any sympathy what-so-ever towards any country belonging to the Axis."

    He ends his appeal by stating: "I have had many people ask me...'Do you think Lindbergh is a true American?' I am so glad to say YES, but let the world know this Slim and you will be privileged a fuller and happier life." Indentation from paper clips with light rust staining at top and bottom edges of the first page. Else fine.

    Also, Corrected Typescript of a Speech by William B. Robertson Signed. Two pages, 8.5" x 11". Robertson was co-founder and President of the Robertson Aircraft Corporation which hired Charles Lindbergh as its chief air mail pilot the year before he flew to Paris. Robertson, in a speech praising Lindbergh after his light, talks of him "when he came to St. Louis, several years before he made his famous flight." He then goes on to introduce Raymond Orteig, the New York hotel owner responsible for offering the $25,000 Orteig Prize in 1919 that encouraged young aviators on both sides of the Atlantic to attempt the flight. Marginal toning. [and:] Illustrations of Colonel Lindbergh's Decorations and Some of His Trophies Received Within the Year Following His Trans-Atlantic Flight of May 20-21, 1927. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society, 1928. 8vo (oblong), 48 pages. Illustrated with photographs. Publisher's original binding. Light wear. [and:] Joint Luncheon in Honor of Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh Program. Twelve page booklet of from a joint luncheon presented by The Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York and the Merchants' Association of New York held at the Hotel Astor, June 15, 1927. With photographs. [and:] Copy of Orders for Richard Blythe. One page, 8" x 10.5", June 9, 1927, granting permission to Dick Blythe to "take passage on the U.S.S. GOFF from Hampton Roads to sea and to board the U.S.S. MEMPHIS and take passage to the latter vessel in Washington, D. C." [and:] The Gazette, Montreal Newspaper. Dated September 18, 1948, contains an article about Mrs. Richard Blythe, a native of Dallas, Texas, and her collection of photographs of the early days of aviation, willed to her by her husband after his death in 1941. From the Richard Blythe Aviation Collection.



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