Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2017.147.2
Dimensions: 2 ¾ in X 3 in X 2 ¼ in
Dimensions (Metric): 5.08 cm X 7.62 cm X 5.08 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Jack and Helen Ofield
Ceramic mug depicting a black silhouette of the city skyline including the Twin Towers in the center. Behind the skyline, the sun rises in the form of a red orb set against a pale yellow background. “NEW YORK” is printed repeatedly around the mug as part of the skyline’s background and in larger text at the base of the design.
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.