“The Spirit of St. Louis” at the Waldorf
Today’s entry is a nod to an extraordinary feat accomplished by Charles Lindbergh and memorialized at an event we were proud to host. This commemorative dinner was held on June 16th 1927 as he was feted by the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce; it was at this dinner where Colonel Lindbergh was presented with a plaque by Governor Charles Schwab commending him for his efforts.
On May 20, 1927, 25-year-old Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York and embarked on a journey that would change the capabilities of aviation technology forever. After 33 hours, 30 minutes and 29.8 seconds, Colonel Lindbergh landed in Paris becoming the first solo pilot to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean. After successfully completing this rigorous flight, he was showered with gifts, awards and ceremonies.
Lindbergh was given a fabulous ticker-tape parade down one of Manhattan’s most famous streets – Broadway. 2014 marks the 87th anniversary of this parade, given in his honor after achieving the seemingly impossible; video of this parade is included below thanks to the British Pathé archives.
As a world-renowned idol, a ticker tape parade would not be the only gesture in Lindburg’s honor; a dinner with over 1,500 guests was also arranged! The only hotel that would suffice for such an occasion was the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on fashionable 5th Avenue.
With persistence, determination and strong will, nothing is impossible to achieve…in fact, the word itself says “I’m Possible”. One of our mottos here at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – “The Difficult Immediately, the Impossible just a few moments longer” – rings true to this theme of possibility; so it is no surprise that we have served as the primary setting for celebrating some of humanities most “impossible” achievements.
The event honoring Lindberg stands as one of the many instances of the Waldorf Astoria acting as the legendary environment for authentic moments in American history.
For more information on this historic event and other unforgettable Waldorf moments, please visit our archive website at http://www.waldorfarchive.org!
Erin Allsop, Archivist of The Waldorf Astoria New York
Erin is a graduate student in the Masters program of Library and Information Science at CUNY – Queens College, where she is focusing her studies on Archival Management and Preservation. You may contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries or questions you may have.