Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2011.1020.2
Dimensions: 0.375 in X 3.375 in
Dimensions (Metric): 0.9525 cm X 8.5725 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Ceramic souvenir plate featuring an image of the Twin Towers with "World Trade Center" printed in a yellow banner above and "New York City" printed below. The edge of the plate is trimmed in gold.
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.