Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2019.33.1
Dimensions: 27.25 in X 62 in X 0.375 in
Dimensions (Metric): 69.215 cm X 157.48 cm X 0.9525 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Maria T. Alexander, Atlanta, GA
Black souvenir sweatshirt with an illustration printed on the front in white depicting the Twin Towers, Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty. "New York" is printed below the image.
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.