Girl in toy Spirit of St. Louis, 1927

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    Mildred Panagos (age 7 or 8) seated in a toy Spirit of St. Louis airplane. Photograph, 1927. Missouri History Museum Photograph and Print Collection. n40992.

    This photo was the work of an unknown, but enterprising photographer who capitalized on the enthusiasm for all things Charles Lindbergh by traveling from school to school taking photographs of children in the “Spirit of St. Louis.” He built it from what appears to be a wheel barrow or wagon.

    The photo was donated by the daughters of Mildred Panagos: Linda Franklin, Mildred Shelton, and Annabel Dauer. According to Mildred’s daughters, she was at least as fond of the cozy, warm coat she is pictured in as she was of Lindbergh.

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    1. LVibber 43 months ago | reply

      I have a similar photo of my father in 1928 or 1929 in what I'm guessing is also a photographer's toy Spirit of St. Louis airplane. The version he is in is smaller than this, but the same enterprising spirit is evident!

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