Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2017.233.1
Dimensions: 32 in X 26 in
Dimensions (Metric): 81.28 cm X 66.04 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Miscione
T-shirt depicting the cover of the September 18, 2001, issue of the New York Post with Osama bin Laden on the back and the headline: "WANTED | DEAD or ALIVE | Osama bin Laden | For mass murder in New York City." The New York Post logo is printed at the top. The front of the shirt has printed text: "STAND TALL" with the double "L" in the word tall resembling the Twin Towers. The New York Post logo is printed below, with "READERS UNITED! | September 11, 2001" at the bottom.
On September 18, 2001, the New York Post’s front cover blazed with the headline “WANTED | DEAD or ALIVE | Osama bin Laden | For mass murder in New York City.” The cover was printed to resemble an Old American West “Wanted” poster, with bin Laden’s effigy at its center. The newspaper’s cover design was inspired by President George W. Bush’s remarks delivered from the Pentagon on September 17.
The newspaper’s front page ignited an overwhelming response from the public, and was seen displayed in storefront windows proximate to Ground Zero and throughout the city. The Post immediately recognized that they had tapped into mounting patriotic fervor and decided to reproduce the cover on T-shirts sold for profit.