Accession Number: C.2010.296.2
Dimensions: 9 in X 3 ⅞ in
Dimensions (Metric): 22.86 cm X 7.62 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth (Rooth) Robertson from Australia
Brochure for the World Trade Center Observation Deck featuring an image of the Twin Towers on the front with printed text: "The closest some of us will ever get to heaven. | The World Trade Center | New York." The brochure folds out, with one side detailing area amenities and the reverse providing an aerial view of what was visible in each direction from the South Tower Observation Deck.
Soon after it was built, the World Trade Center, and specifically the Twin Towers, took on iconic status. Although initially criticized for their architecture of "gigantism," the two soaring towers soon became a landmark, looming large in the public imagination as an icon of New York City’s audacity and vitality. They were seen as a symbol of America itself—a place of possibilities and dreams that defied limitation.
The Twin Towers, one of New York City’s most photographed landmarks, were used in marketing, featured on postcards and souvenirs, and appeared in movies and television.