Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2012.30.5
Dimensions: 4.062 in X 5.812 in
Dimensions (Metric): 10.31748 cm X 14.76248 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Postcard depicting the Twin Towers in the lower Manhattan skyline as seen from Brooklyn. "New York" is printed at the bottom.
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 were one of the most photographed landmarks in the city, used in marketing, featured on postcards and souvenirs, and appeared in movies and television.