Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2013.22.3
Dimensions: 0.75 in X 3.875 in X 8.5 in
Dimensions (Metric): 1.905 cm X 9.8425 cm X 21.59 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Joseph David Kentarontie Rice, Kahnawake Mohawk Native Ironworker
Souvenir glass ashtray with black-trimmed edges and a white center. The ashtray features a black graphic of the World Trade Center complex depicting the Twin Towers and buildings 4 WTC, 5 WTC, and the U.S. Custom House. Text below the graphic reads: "Port of New York Authority | Federal Credit Union - Annual Meeting 1971."
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.