Hallmark "Mail Call" Christmas Ornament, 1989

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 revolutionized Christmas decorating, appealing to customers' interest in marking memories and milestones as well as expressing one's personality and unique tastes.

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 revolutionized Christmas decorating, appealing to customers' interest in marking memories and milestones as well as expressing one's personality and unique tastes.

Artifact

Christmas tree ornament

Date Made

1989

Creators

Hallmark Cards, Inc. 

Seale, Ed 

Place of Creation

United States, Missouri, Kansas City 

Philippines 

Creator Notes

Designed by Ed Seale of Hallmark Cards, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri. Made in the Philippines.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2019.65.994

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic
Cardboard

Color

Multicolored

Inscriptions

on front of ornament: BRANCH / OFFICE / MAIL on front of packaging: ARTISTS' FAVORITES / MAIL CALL / Handcrafted Ornament / Sculpted by Ed Seale on back of packaging: KEEPSAKE ORNAMENT / Designed by Ed Seale,the ornament / "Mail Call" reflects both his talent for / sculpting and his skill at creating / original puns. "I like to give animals / human traits in my designs," he says. / "When I made this raccoon a mail / carrier, I couldn't resist sculpting him / on his own Branch Office." / "Mail Call" is included in a group of / ornaments called Artists' Favorites. / These ornaments feature designs / reflecting the personal interests of the / artists who create them. Look for / Ed's signature on this design. on top of packaging: Hallmark

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