Badge-covered Apron


Description: This apron is covered with uniform patches from grateful patrons of Nino's restaurant, a relief center for World Trade Center recovery workers.

Context: Many Americans looked for ways to help after the September 11 attacks. One New York City businessman, Antonio Nino Vendome, turned his family restaurant into a relief center. Staffed by volunteers and supported largely by donations, Nino’s served hundreds of thousands of free meals twenty-four hours a day to firefighters, police officers, Red Cross workers, and others at the World Trade Center site. For many, Nino’s became a refuge, a place to find companionship and support as well as a meal. Many of the workers left their organizational patches as tokens of thanks, which Nino attached to kitchen aprons and hung on the wall.

Date Made: 2001

Maker: Nino Vendome

Location: Currently not on view

Worn: United States: New York, Manhattan, World Trade Center

Associated Subject: September 11 Terrorist AttacksRelated Event: Attack on the World Trade CenterSeptember 11th Attacks


See more items in: Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, 9/11, September 11


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2002.0237.01Accession Number: 2002.0237

Object Name: Apron

Measurements: overall: 86 cm x 117 cm x .5 cm; 33 7/8 in x 46 1/16 in x 3/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1189303

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