Lindbergh, Charles A. (ON HOLD)


Detroit welcomes  “The Lone Eagle”! August 10 1927 dinner program signed by Lindbergh, his mother, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Detroit politicos


Type: Signed program
Description: (1902-1974) “The Lone Eagle, pioneer American aviator, 1st to fly solo nonstop transatlantic flight in 1927 on “The Spirit of St. Louis”. Controversial 1930’s political figure.

13pp program from a dinner honoring Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh held at the Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, August 10, 1927. The booklet contains the menu, a list of pieces to be performed by the Jean Goldkette Concert Ensemble, and a list of speakers–Captain Edward V. (“Eddie”) Rickenbacker (Toastmaster), Arthur T. Waterfall, Common Council President John C. Lodge, Mayor John W. Smith, and Lindbergh himself. The booklet is printed on textured white paper and originally bound with a red cord (not present). On the front cover is an original 3 ¼ x 5 ½ sepia Underwood Studio photograph of Postmaster General Harry S. New presenting Lindbergh with the first sheet of Lindbergh Flight air mail stamps, Evangeline Lindbergh and an unidentified other man looking on, neatly-penned caption in unknown hand. The list of speakers is signed by Lindbergh and his mother at top, and by other 4 speakers at bottom. A neatly penned caption below states that all are original autographs.

Edward V. “Captain Eddie” Rickenbacker (1890-1973) US WW I fighter ace, Medal of Honor recipient. With 26 aerial victories, he was the US’ most successful fighter pilot in WW I, received the most awards for valor by an American in the war. He was also a race car driver, automobile designer, government military consultant, and an air transportation pioneer, long-time head of Eastern Air Lines.

John C. Lodge (1862-1950) Lindbergh’s maternal great-uncle, Detroit mayor 1922-23, 1924, 1927-29. He was influential on the Detroit City Council 1910-27 (9 years as Council President) before elected mayor. On the Council, he was twice acting mayor. After defeat for re-election as mayor in 1929, he returned to the City Council 1932-47. A Detroit freeway is named after him.

John W. Smith (1882-1942) Long-time Detroit City Council member, twice mayor. Elected to the State Senate 1920, appointed Detroit postmaster 1922 by President Harding. Mayor 1924-28, City Councilman 1932 to his death. He was mayor in 1933, filling out the end of Frank Murphy’s term.

Evangeline Lodge Land Lindbergh (1876-1954) Detroit-born mother of Charles Lindbergh, her uncle John C. Lodge the 51st, 54th & 56th Mayor of Detroit. She married C. A. Lindbergh 1901, gave birth to Charles A. Lindbergh 1902, settled in Little Falls, Minnesota, her husband US Rep (R) 1907-17. They separated 1918, their only child the famous aviator. She spent one summer traveling with her son as he barnstormed the Midwest. She taught chemistry in a Detroit high school 1922 -42. She visited her son before his historic flight but left before his May 20, 1927 takeoff. She wished him well, patted him on the shoulder, saying, “Well, goodbye, sonny boy, and good luck.”

Arthur T. Waterfall (?) Detroit banker, railroad and traffic commissioner of the Detroit Board of Commerce, member of the Board’s transportation committee

A sepia 1927 Vacuum Oil Co.  unsigned photo of Lindbergh is affixed to inside cover and a photograph of “The Apotheosis of St. Louis” by Charles H. Niehaus, in St. Louis (also identified neatly in ink at bottom),  is tipped in an inside page. Trimmed portraits of Lindbergh and aviator Major Thomas Lanphier (Sr.), both photos identified in neat pen as taken at Selfridge Field (Lanphier CO), Lake St. Clair (Michigan) July 1, 1927 are mounted on another inside page across from a tipped in color print of the Spirit of St. Louis flying over the Atlantic by Van Leyen and Hensler Engraving and Printing of Detroit. On the inside of the back cover is the dinner menu, on the back cover are the printed musical offerings.

Program was signed during Lindbergh’s visit to Detroit as part of the 1927 Guggenheim goodwill tour. 30,000 cheered as the Spirit of St. Louis landed at Dearborn’s Ford Airport Aug. 10, 1927, Lindy’s triumphal return to the city of his forebears. Wearing aviator boots, Army breeches and leather jacket over white shirt and tie, Detroiters embraced him as a native son. His mother, a chemistry teacher at a Detroit high school, was there to greet him. Lindbergh waved to crowds as he and his mother sat in the back seat of an open air Model T, escorted by motorcycle police to Northwestern Field where 50,000 admirers gathered for outdoor ceremonies honoring their hometown idol. Speakers included Lindbergh’s great-uncle John C. Lodge, elected mayor later that year. Lindy spoke briefly about how America would become a “flying country” and that big cities such as Detroit would need airfields to accommodate and benefit from the coming boom in air travel. The motorcade traveled to the home where Lindbergh was born to place a plaque noting his historic achievement and Detroit roots. Evangeline traveled from Little Falls, Minn. so her uncle, Dr. Edwin Lodge, could deliver her baby boy in her parents’ home. Before setting off for Grand Rapids on the next leg of his national tour, Lindbergh invited 63-year-old Henry Ford for a spin in the Spirit of St. Louis, the only plane ride of the auto mogul’s life.

Condition: Very good overall, some light-mild foxing on signed speakers page and others

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