Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2012.30.14
Dimensions: 1.25 in X 8.5 in
Dimensions (Metric): 3.175 cm X 21.59 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Souvenir ashtray in the shape of a ship's wheel featuring an image of the Twin Towers set in the bowl's center. "WORLD | TRADE | CENTER" is printed to the left of the towers and "NEW | YORK" to the right.
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.