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This calculator was recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center.

Location: World Trade Center
Object #: 2002.0055
Source: Gift of Fire Department - City of New York, and Police Department - City of New York


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World Trade Center office artifacts
Description: This collection of office artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center debris pile includes a damaged pocket calculator, a fax machine, a surveillance camera, office keys, and a hole punch.

Context: Terrorists often target civilians rather than combatants. The World Trade Center was New York City’s tallest office building and housed predominantly governmental and financial industry offices. When fully occupied, each tower held about 25,000 people. However, the buildings were less occupied at 8:46 am when the first hijacked plane was crashed into the north tower. Many people had not yet arrived at work and it was also the city’s primary election day. Despite the diminished occupancy and the increased safety planning following the 1993 bombing, about 2,200 office workers (or 10 percent of the building occupants) died in the collapse.

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World Trade Center office keys
These three office keys, marked “World Trade Center,” were recovered from the building debris.
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Fax machine recovered from World Trade Center debris
This fax machine was recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center.
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Sony video surveillance camera
This Sony video surveillance camera (serial #19716) was recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center. Security at many World Trade Center businesses was increased following the 1993 bombing.
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Visitor's pass
Security procedures at the World Trade Center required that visitors to offices were issued passes.
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Hole punch
This hole punch was recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center.

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