NEW YORK CITY ARCHIVES

A Memorial in Memorabilia

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Big Apple refrigerator magnets, fake-silver spoons with skyscraper handles, I NY snow globes with the twin towers inside: Once, these overpriced gift-shop tchotchkes were merely souvenirs. On 9-11, the sudden, violent vanishing of the World Trade Center transformed the trinkets into collector’s items, forever invested with the power to conjure history and heartbreak.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 18, 2001

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