Sunday, February 2, 2014
A bowling shirt with the words Team America and United We Stand with a set of patriotic bowling pins. What's more American than a bowling shirt? Add Team America and you have a great example of 9/11 material culture.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Crain's reported that the 9/11 Museum will charge a $24 admission fee. This isn't a shock, and you can read the article about their reason (fee will fill a gap for operating). I fully support this approach, and it is completely justified (and needed). But, I do think there is a bigger implication. This approach and the way the Museum is being positioned clearly demonstrate that 9/11 has become monetized. On the surface, the Museum is about memory and mourning, but it has taken on a life as an economic force. The 9/11 Museum will have economic impact. You know this is part of the backroom discussions (it always was and will be). 9/11 will drive admission sales and gift shop sales. And restaurant sales and hotel overnights and taxi fares and so on. The Memorial already has this impact. The 9/11 Museum, through no fault of its own, has further developed 9/11 into a revenue generating force. In a way, this is a culmination of the material culture response that I relate through my collection here. Although the Museum will display objects related to the actual event, the Museum will also feature the material culture that developed around 9/11. And many of these items were tied directly to sales and consumerism, which I've highlighted here. Ironically, the 9/11 Museum's Gift Shop now perpetuates this phenomena. I always know that if I really want to look for new examples to add to my collection, I can always visit the 9/11 Gift Shop.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
A tribute example that was shared with me:
I have a somewhat curious "artifact" of my WTC volunteer experience. This may sound a bit weird...it is actually a pint of Gifford's of Maine ice cream called "Serving Those Who Serve" which was dispensed at the Salvation Army big tent on Murray and West. The pints were in the food service area and workers could just grab one and have some. Eventually, we volunteers were permitted to bring some home.
It is vanilla with pieces of red and blue "Stars and Stripes" candy and red swirls. I just took a look at it yesterday since having put it in there, and about a half inch has evaporated.
The ice cream was created by Gifford's specifically for the 9/11 effort. I reached out to them yesterday to inquire about this. Their rep sent me a link with some photos of the ice cream being brought to NYC and DC and being served by the Gifford family. So I'm passing that link to you for your reference. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/36anbek0no0gxev/fYYTGPtKu-#/