Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2012.30.16
Dimensions: 18.5 in X 9.5 in X 1.5 in
Dimensions (Metric): 46.99 cm X 24.13 cm X 3.81 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Board game: "King Kong," circa 1976. The lid of the box depicts King Kong straddling the Twin Towers, one foot on each tower, as helicopters and planes circle above. Tagline for the game: "The game that pits you against the most terrifying monster of all time!" Inside the box the game board depicts the Twin Towers with a figure of King Kong that slides up and down the towers.
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.