Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2012.216.2
Dimensions: 13 in X 14 in X 3/4 in
Dimensions (Metric): 33.02 cm X 35.56 cm X 7.62 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Rae Ann Hoffmann
Plastic World Trade Center concourse shopping bag with white cord drawstring. The bag is white on one side with red printed text: "The Stores of the | World Trade Center Concourse." The reverse side of the bag is red with a plug for inflating the bag into a waterproof beach/pool pillow.
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.