Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2008.878.15
Dimensions: 5.875 in X 4.062 in
Dimensions (Metric): 14.9225 cm X 10.31748 cm
Credit Line: Gift of MST I Diane R. Semmling, US Coast Guard Reserve
Postcard depicting an illustration of a red apple with the Manhattan skyline inside the apple and the Twin Towers on the left. "I'm crazy about | THE BIG APPLE" is printed on the card.
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.