Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2018.110.1
Dimensions: 1 in X 6 ¾ in
Dimensions (Metric): 2.54 cm X 15.24 cm
Credit Line: Gift in memory of Ann Kranick
Ceramic ashtray with a blue printed image of the World Trade Center and printed text: “THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN THE PORT OF NEW YORK.” The edge of the ashtray is painted silver.
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.