Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2011.1020.14
Dimensions: 4 in X 2.75 in X 2.875 in
Dimensions (Metric): 10.16 cm X 6.985 cm X 7.3025 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Souvenir statuette (plastic with gold paint) featuring the World Trade Center complex with the Twin Towers. On the bottom of the statuette is a sticker with printed text: "World Trade Center | The Twin Towers rising 1350 ft. (411M.) are part of the six building complex built at a cost of $600,000,000, employing 50,000 workers." A piece of tape is also attached to the bottom with handwritten text: "Dec 25 1981 at Top 107 stories."
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.