Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2008.878.19
Dimensions: 4.125 in X 5.812 in
Dimensions (Metric): 10.4775 cm X 14.76248 cm
Credit Line: Gift of MST I Diane R. Semmling, US Coast Guard Reserve
Postcard depicting the Twin Towers in the Manhattan skyline with a cruise ship on the Hudson River in the foreground.
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.