Lapel Pin Designer: Unknown


American Decorative Arts

Not on view

This lapel pin commemorates the World Trade Center towers, which were destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. This pin was made especially for members of the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Following the 9/11 attacks, there was an outpouring of American patriotism in public spaces and on the human body, the most visible symbol of which was the lapel pin. Worn predominantly by men, these lapel pins took the form of American flags, red-white-and-blue bars, or, in the case of this example, abstracted versions of the Twin Towers, where the easily recognizable vertical ribs of Minoru Yamasaki's architectural design become the red and white bars of an American flag.


Enameled white metal


1 1/4 × 1/2 in. (3.18 × 1.27 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Allan Chasanoff, B.A. 1961

Accession Number



21st century


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Originally owned by Michael J. Chasanoff, New York, 2002-2011; inherited by his brother Allan Chasanoff, New York, 2011; donated to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2011
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Additional information


"THE PORT AUTHORITY / OF NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY" engraved and filled with blue enamel on front of pin.

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