Monday, December 7, 2009

Henn Workshops Basket: A Prayer for Peace II "United We Stand"

A special tribute basket created by Henn Workshops. Named "A Prayer for Peace II United We Stand, it was created as a tribute to September 11th, and also as a way to raise money for the victims. The details sheet outlines the significance of the colors and design. A great example of a handcrafted item, and the influence of September 11th on all forms of material culture.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Firefighter Pencil Sharpener

Like many previous items, this pencil sharpener evokes firefighters, a symbol connected to September 11th.

America Remembers

This is a special edition calendar.

Freedom Freshener

Maine's Village Candle created the Freedom Freshener in memoriam for September 11th. Like other tribute items, a portion of the proceeds from their sale went to support national disaster relief efforts. Thanks to Village Candle for sending me this item!

Plattsburgh Tribute Coin

Thank you to Ted Brady for this item, a special coin made for the Plattsburgh Air Branch. The coin evokes the Twin Towers.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Star Spangled Santa

The all-American Santa offered as a special collectible. I didn't purchase this object because there are many similar items that were available. It is a great example and definitely a striking combination of everything and anything "American." This was a definite outcome from September 11th.

Terrorism Update

As the years passed of September 11th, 2001, a number of publications appeared that offered updates on the "war against terrorism." This is one example.

Tribute Tie

This 9/11 tribute tie was given to me by a friend. He picked it up near the World Trade Center site. Items like this were common after 9/11, but are not as available now 8 years later. There are a number of tribute items still on the market, but most fall into the category of mass produced (usually paper or plastic items).

Flag Pinwheel

Friday, August 21, 2009

Terrorism Key Chain

Simple key chain depicting Twin Towers with American flag and call for action against terrorism.

Tribute Coin

An example of a tribute coin, related to the heroes of 9/11.

Sniff: Patriotic Tissues

Another example of a patriotic-themed artifact. Paper products were probably one of the more numerous examples. These tissues are clearly tied to 9/11.
I also find another interesting point about these tissues. 9/11 was a tragic event, and it is ironic that a pack of tissues, associated with crying, would have such an appearance.
One really has to wonder about the reasoning behind having a flag-inspired tissue? What would the purpose of such a thing be? Would one really think they showing their patriotism? Or is this about a company trying to sell more tissues by using 9/11 as motivation? As always, any opinions are welcome, but I think the answer is clear.

Post-It Flags

These Post-it Flags are a great example of how the American flag became incorporated into many household and commercial products and goods. Here 3M will donate 5 cents to the American Red Cross from every product sold. Another example of a corporation making a donation as result of 9/11. One has to question how much money was raised as a result of such corporate actions? How many companies implemented such actions?

Tribute Knife

One more example of a tribute knife. The eagle with the tear is a frequent image.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Firefighter Toy

After September 11th, firefighters were found in different forms in various consumer goods. Often the American flag and firefighter were intermixed. Here is an example of a firefighter toy that has the flag depicted waving in the background.

Fanny Pack

Show your patriotism with this fanny back. Another example of the influence of the flag after 9/11.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

9/11 Impact

These are collectible tribute firefighter trading cards, which feature the fire trucks after the collapse of the Twin Towers. Each of the cards relates different 9/11 stories. The images are striking and haunting.

Spirit of the Game

Donruss Studio produced this Spirit of the Game set clearly in reaction to 9/11.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Helping America Cope

This guide was created to help families deal with the September 11th attack.

America At War

A sample of the numerous publications that were available after September 11th. Featuring tributes, pictures, and information about the fight against terrorism.

September 11 Milk Bottle

A tribute milk bottle was offered by the Hatchland Farm in memory of the victims of 9/11. A milk bottle is truly a American symbol, and makes this a tribute a great example of September 11th material culture.

George Bush Tribute Knife

Tribute knife featuring George W. Bush next to an American flag. This is a typical example of memorabilia object that resulted from 9/11.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Patriotic Towel

America the Beautiful towel. A simple object and example of American symbolism.

Friday, April 24, 2009

United We Stand #2 Pencils

This PaperMate #2 pencil has American boldy printed across the package. The package also mentions United Way Stand. Decorated with patriotic colors, this pencil is a clear example of the American symbolism that increased across all forms of matieral culture after 9/11. As I mentioned many, many times, this is another great example of a household object that reflects September 11th. These pencils reinforce my idea that no other event in American or world history had such a significant impact and influence on material culture (household to collectibles).

MLB: We Shall Not Forget

I was given this Major League Baseball t-shirt by a Baseball Hall of Fame employee.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Flag Raising Ornament

Here is an ornament version of the US Post Office's picture depicting firefighters raising a flag at Ground Zero.

Candlelight Card: Let Freedom Ring

This card was available shortly after 9/11, and offers a donation to the American Red Cross for every card sold. The flag is a candle holder for the small candles included.