Hallmark "Muhammad Ali" Christmas Ornament, 1999

Summary

Already known for greeting cards, Hallmark introduced a line of Christmas ornaments in 1973. The company's annual release of an increasing array of ornaments appealed to customers' interest in marking memories and milestones as well as expressing one's personality and unique tastes. Hallmark has increasingly introduced famous sports figures, like celebrated boxer Muhammad Ali, into its annual line of ornaments.

Already known for greeting cards, Hallmark introduced a line of Christmas ornaments in 1973. The company's annual release of an increasing array of ornaments appealed to customers' interest in marking memories and milestones as well as expressing one's personality and unique tastes. Hallmark has increasingly introduced famous sports figures, like celebrated boxer Muhammad Ali, into its annual line of ornaments.

Artifact

Christmas tree ornament

Date Made

1999

Creators

Hallmark Cards, Inc. 

Unruh, Duane 

Place of Creation

United States, Missouri, Kansas City 

Sri Lanka 

Creator Notes

Designed by Duane Unruh of Hallmark Cards, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri. Made in Sri Lanka.

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in The Gallery by GM

Object ID

2019.65.80

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic
Cardboard

Color

Multicolored

Inscriptions

on front of packaging: Hallmark / KEEPSAKE / ORNAMENT / Muhammad Ali on top of packaging: Hallmark on back of packaging: At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Muhammad Ali stepped forward to light the flame that signaled the opening of the Games. The crowd roared its approval of the man and endorsed the claim he made early in his career: "I am the Greatest!" / Ali took up boxing at the age of 12, after his bicycle was stolen. With skill, self-confidence, and courage, he won a gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in rome and went on to become the three-time Heavyweight Champion of the World. Ali also charmed fans and sportswriters with his ability to turn a clever phrase. Who can forget "Rope-a-Dope" or "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!" / Sculpted by Duane Unruh / For decorative use only. / Not for young children. / Handcrafted - Dated 1999 on bottom of packaging: (C) G.O.A.T., Inc. 1999 / Mfd. for Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO 64141 / Made in Sri Lanka QXI4147

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