Accession Number: C.2013.834.1
Dimensions: 1 in X 10 in
Dimensions (Metric): 2.54 cm X 25.4 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Brook Tyler Hanna
Ceramic souvenir plate featuring illustrations of the World Trade Center, John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, the United Nations, the Madison Square Garden Center, and floral filigree. "NEW YORK CITY" is printed in the center with illustrations of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center.
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.