Accession Number: C.2012.427.2
Dimensions: 4.5 in X 5 in X 0.75 in
Dimensions (Metric): 11.43 cm X 12.7 cm X 1.905 cm
Credit Line: Gift of John Bartelstone
Soot-covered paper napkin enclosed in a plastic bag. Written on the outside of the bag is text: "WTC 1993 | BOMBING | NAPKIN FILTER | W/SMOKE | JOHN | BARTELSTONE."
Port Authority employee John Bartelstone walked down dark and smoke-filled stairwells on February 26, 1993, after terrorists detonated a truck bomb in the garage at the World Trade Center. Bartlestone used a napkin to cover his nose and mouth to filter out the smoke as he evacuated from his 73rd floor office in the North Tower. He later saved the soot-covered napkin, sealing it inside a plastic bag that he labeled.