Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2013.1003.2
Dimensions: 3.75 in X 4.5 in X 3 in
Dimensions (Metric): 9.525 cm X 11.43 cm X 7.62 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Rita A. Sweeney, Secretary, WTC-Port Authority in memory of John B. McAvey, Deputy Director, WTC-Port Authority
Cream-colored mug featuring a blue graphic of the Twin Towers next to the Statue of Liberty. Printed text reads: "Port of New York Authority | Federal Credit Union | Tenth Year | June 1974."
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.