LINDBERGH MEMORABILIA. 1. A square fragment of silver-coated textile,  4 x 6½ inches, believed to be from the Spirit of St. Louis.
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LINDBERGH MEMORABILIA. 1. A square fragment of silver-coated textile, 4 x 6½ inches, believed to be from the Spirit of St. Louis.
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LINDBERGH MEMORABILIA. 1. A square fragment of silver-coated textile,  4 x 6½ inches, believed to be from the Spirit of St. Louis.
Lot Details
LINDBERGH MEMORABILIA.
1. A square fragment of silver-coated textile, 4 x 6½ inches, believed to be from the Spirit of St. Louis. Inscribed on the verso in pencil "Morceau de toile du Spirit of St. Louis de Lindbergh, mai 1927," compared favourably alongside another fragment held by Paris' Le Bourget Air and Space Museum.
2. Two Lindbergh-flown postal covers, postmarked Tucson, AZ, September 23, 1927, and Saint Louis, MO, February 20, 1928, the former torn and repaired with tape, the latter with enclosed letter.
3. Commemorative woven silk bookmark, manufactured by the Warner Woven Label Co. of Patterson, NJ.
4. Black and white photograph, 5 x 7½ inches, inkstamp on verso of M. Rol, showing the Spirit of St. Louis at Le Bourget, May 23, 1927.
5. WEBB, A.C. Etching of the Spirit of St. Louis in flight, 9¾ x 6¼ inches, signed A.C. Webb lower right, titled "New York-Paris, May 20-21, 1927" and numbered 26/100, matted.

The Spirit of St. Louis was almost torn to shreds by souvenir-hunters when it landed at Le Bourget, outside Paris. "Within minutes of his turning off the magneto switch, [Lindbergh] was besieged in his small cockpit by people.... He could feel his beloved airplane move from the onrush and pressure of the people and the cracking of wood stringers on the side of the fuselage, the ripping of the fuselage fabric, the yelling and screaming" (Ev Cassagneres, The Untold Story of the Spirit of St. Louis, p 84).
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