Printed textile of Lindburgh
Overall: 27 1/2 x 18 in. ( 69.8 x 45.7 cm )
printed: below medallions: "NEW YORK/ PARIS/ SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS/ NEW YORK TO PARIS IN 33hr 29min/ SAN DIEGO"
Roller-printed cotton textile fragment commemorating Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic 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 green ink on an off-white ground.
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.
Herbert Ridgeway Collins, Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979), 418.
Gift of Mrs. Ellouise Baker Larsen
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