Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2011.1020.5
Dimensions: 8.125 in diameter
Dimensions (Metric): 20.6375 cm diameter
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Ceramic souvenir plate featuring an image of the Twin Towers in the center with "New York City" printed on top. Six other New York City landmarks are depicted around the plate: Rockefeller Center, United Nations Building, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports, Empire State Building. The ornamental 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.