Lot 87A: Unsigned Virginia Menu Celebrates Lindbergh’s Historic 1927 Transatlantic Flight
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October 26, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Unsigned Menu Celebrating Lindbergh’s Historic Transatlantic Flight********** [LINDBERGH, CHARLES A.] (1902-1974). American aviator who made the first solo non-stop transatlantic flight. Menu from the dinner given in his honor in Richmond, Virginia. (Unsigned). 6pp. 8vo. Richmond, October 15, 1927. The three-color menu is illustrated with a likeness of Lindbergh in flight cap and goggles, The Spirit of St. Louis and the Richmond skyline featuring the Virginia State Capitol building. ********** Lindbergh’s May 1927 transatlantic flight in The Spirit of St. Louis brought him international acclaim and the $25,000 Orteig prize for the first solo non-stop flight between New York and Paris. Lindbergh claimed the award in New York on June 16, 1927, barely four weeks after landing at Paris’ Le Bourget airport. A hectic year followed as he traveled through the U.S., Latin America and Mexico (where he met and later courted and married the newly-appointed American ambassador’s daughter, Anne Spencer Morrow). ********** On October 15, 1927, the same day that the Commonwealth of Virginia passed a resolution honoring Lindberg’s achievement, the Richard Evelyn Byrd Flying Field (later renamed Richmond International Airport) was dedicated with Lindbergh attending. “A newspaper account of the Oct. 15, 1927 dedication described the excitement as thousands of citizens turned out to watch a squadron of 15 army planes from Langley Field escort the Spirit of St. Louis – and cheered as Lindbergh, the airport’s first official visitor, circled and landed his plane for the ceremony,” (“A History of Flight,” Henrico Citizen, Kruszewski). The airfield’s dedicatee, Richard E. Byrd, was a polar explorer and, along with his co-pilot Floyd Bennett, was one of Lindbergh’s competitors for the Orteig prize. That evening, Lindbergh was honored with a dinner at Richmond’s Jefferson Hotel at which Byrd, and his brother, Richmond Mayor Harry Flood Byrd spoke. The list of speakers, dinner music and food served are detailed in our printed menu. ********** Some foxing and dust staining to the cover with some scattered foxing on the otherwise clean pages. Bound with an off-white cord. In very good condition.