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    Charles Lindbergh Plaster Statue When Americans awoke on the morning of May 21st, 1927 they were greeted with this New York Times headline, "Lindbergh Does It! To Paris in 33 1/2 Hours; Flies 1,000 Miles Through Snow and Sleet; Cheering French Carry him off the field." Charles Lindbergh, an American aviation legend is featured in this lot, immortalized in a plaster statue. The statue is plaster, painted with a deep bronze to appear metal-like. He is wearing his traditional aviator togs, complete with flying cap and goggles. Lindbergh is sculpted straddling a globe, on which a small biplane is etched out, flying over the Atlantic Ocean. His hands are grasping the wings of a bald eagle which is perched atop the globe. Below this scene, inscribed on the base are the words, "The Spirit of America."

    Lindbergh became America's pioneer for aviation and America's darling when he successfully flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean. He set out in the early morning hours of May 20th, 1927 from a small air field near New York City. He embarked on this journey with only a magnetic compass, his airspeed indicator, and a little bit of luck! A huge crowd gathered to meet him as he arrived in Paris. Nearly 100,000 people were there to honor him as he landed. During a time when aviation was all the craze, and technology was coming to the fore, Lindbergh made great strides to prove to Americans that intercontinental air travel was a feasible idea. Lindbergh would also blaze the trail for other famous pilots such the aviatrix Amelia Earhart who would cross the Atlantic five years to the day that Lindy took off from New York.

    The statue was made in 1927 for the Mazzolini Company in Cleveland Ohio, and the sticker on the base shows that it was produced in India, then sent to America for commercial sale. This great man meant so much to country starving for a hero, this lamp is a great chance to honor him in your own home. A great find for any aviation enthusiast!


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    December, 2005
    15th-16th Thursday-Friday
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