Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2012.66.136
Dimensions: 2 ¾ in X 2 ⅛ in X 1 7/16 in
Dimensions (Metric): 5.08 cm X 5.08 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Heidi Mount in memory of all who lost their lives on 9/11
Snow globe souvenir with gold-colored Twin Towers inside. A white sign in front of the towers reads: "World Trade Center | New York City" in red ink. The amount of water in the globe is low.
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.