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Negative #: 2002.5963.1

Location: World Trade Center
Object #: 2002.0056
Source: Gift of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department


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Crushed file cabinet
Description: This crushed file cabinet was recovered from the debris pile at the World Trade Center.

Context: The World Trade Center complex was home to a wide variety of businesses, including a number of retail stores on the plaza and underground levels. This file cabinet came from a Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream shop that was a popular fixture on the plaza. Terrorist attacks such as those of September 11 often target civilians rather than combatants.

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Crumpled file cabinet
This file cabinet, a twisted ball of metal oozing coins and paper money, was delivered to the New York Port Authority Police for investigation.
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Hydraulic jaws
Wearing protective gear, the Port Authority police officers pry open the file cabinet with hydraulic jaws.
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Papers from file cabinet
Papers crumpled inside the crushed cabinet indicated that it belonged to the Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream shop in the World Trade Center Plaza.
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Message from ice-cream shop owner
Below is the first email I sent to friends, family and to our extended family at Ben & Jerry's Corporation on September 12, 2001. From: Guy Mirabello Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2001 8:23 PM Subject: Thanks for the Concern - We are Okay Importance: [...]
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"... it was a ball of metal about the size of a basketball..."
David Shayt
September 11 Collecting Curator. Museum Specialist, Division of Cultural History

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