Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2011.1020.3
Dimensions: 3 ¾ in X 4 ½ in X 3 ¾ in
Dimensions (Metric): 7.62 cm X 10.16 cm X 7.62 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Ceramic souvenir mug featuring an image of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Twin Towers. "New York City" is printed in black above the image of the towers and "The World Trade Center" is printed below. The rim of the mug is trimmed in speckled gold.
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.