Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2012.30.2
Dimensions: 10.5 in X 20.375 in X 1.625 in
Dimensions (Metric): 26.67 cm X 51.7525 cm X 4.1275 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Board game: "In the Chips | New York," circa 1981. The lid of the box depicts Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and New Jersey, with the Statue of Liberty in the lower left corner. The Twin Towers are pictured to the right of the Statue of Liberty, at the tip of Manhattan. Tagline for the game: "The Local Investment Game of the Big Apple."
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.