Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2011.1020.1
Dimensions: 2 ¾ in X 2 ⅛ in X 1 ¾ in
Dimensions (Metric): 5.08 cm X 5.08 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Snow globe souvenir with the Manhattan skyline in the background with figurines of the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, and Twin Towers in the foreground. A white sign in front of the Statue of Liberty once read "New York City" in red ink, but is faded.
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.