Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2012.66.91
Dimensions: 5.875 in X 4.125 in
Dimensions (Metric): 14.9225 cm X 10.4775 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Heidi Mount in memory of all who lost their lives on 9/11
Postcard depicting the Twin Towers with the Statue of Liberty in the center.
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.