The tallest tower of the new World Trade Center reached its full height last week, 40 years after the Twin Towers opened as the original WTC. At that time, the Environmental Protection Agency hired photographer Wil Blanche to document the new giants and the changing Financial District. The Atlantic Cities recently highlighted the photos, which were taken in May 1973 as part of the Documerica project, a visual exploration of environmental issues around the country. The National Archives shared 87 of Blanche's historic photos on Flickr, and we chose 18 to include in the gallery above.
· When the Original World Trade Center Was New [Atlantic Cities]
· Sepia Tones archives [Curbed]