Description White long-sleeved dress shirt belonging to Walter Philip Travers. Soot stains are visible on the shirt, delineating the point where the shirt was tucked in.
Historical Notes Native New Yorker Walter Philip Travers lived in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, with his wife, Rosemary, and their three children. He was a fan of the New York Yankees and Giants and enjoyed taking colleagues to games. He also coached youth baseball, basketball, and soccer. A bond broker at Cantor Fitzgerald, on September 11, Walter was at his office on the North Tower’s 104th floor. He was 44 years old.
Curator's Comment Walter Philip Travers was one of approximately 700 employees of bond-trading firm Cantor Fitzgerald at work on the uppermost floors of the North Tower on February 26, 1993. Even those on the highest floors felt the force of the explosion and were directed to leave the building by way of the fire stairs. During Travers’s five-hour descent, his white shirt absorbed smoke. His wife, Rosemary, found the smoke-stained shirt in her husband’s closet after he was killed on 9/11. She donated it to the 9/11 Memorial Museum as a document of the precursor terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. HIDE