Accession Number: C.2008.99.13
Dimensions: 3 ⅞ in X 2 ⅝ in X 1 3/16 in
Dimensions (Metric): 7.62 cm X 5.08 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Anonymous Gift
Deck of playing cards with an illustration on the front of the cards depicting an aerial of Manhattan, including the Twin Towers. "New York | a view of the world" is printed on each card.
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.