Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2011.1020.4
Dimensions: 3 ¼ in X 3 ¼ in X 2 ¼ in
Dimensions (Metric): 7.62 cm X 7.62 cm X 5.08 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Ornamental ceramic souvenir mug, blue in color, featuring an image of the Twin Towers with filigree printed around the mug. "New York City" is printed in blue above the image of the towers and "The World Trade Center" is printed below.
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.