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The Library of Congress initially began as a service to help members of the United States Congress make laws needed to run the country. Over the years, the Library's mission and its collections expanded. Today, the Library of Congress is one of the world's largest libraries, and it seeks to acquire knowledge from all over the world to share not only with the U.S. Congress but with all Americans.
During the 19th century, the front porch was a popular feature on many buildings in American towns, crossroads villages, and rural areas. Porches served a multitude of purposes--from providing cooling breezes to bringing friends and family members together to welcoming outside guests. The porches on Greenfield Village buildings represent many different styles, eras, and places.
Porches were once a pervasive feature of American homes, commercial buildings, and summer resorts. They evolved from many antecedents in different nations and cultures. A transitional space between outdoors and indoors, the porch could be a place to cool off, watch others, relax, show off, and socialize. Porches experienced a decline in the mid-20th century, with automobiles and air conditioning.
Hallmark's ornaments -- with their original designs, increasing variety, and appeal to diverse customers -- have revolutionized Christmas decorating and led to the popularity of ornament collecting. Electric trains are another holiday tradition, both as decorations and as gifts. Hallmark celebrated Lionel train sets with a series of ornaments based on Lionel's versions of classic American locomotives.
Hallmark Keepsake ornament artists are a special group. They often started out their artistic careers by drawing, painting, or illustrating. But something attracted them to sculpting, and especially to sculpting Keepsake ornaments. They love creating ornaments that make people smile and that have an enduring quality to them.
Beginning in 1973, Hallmark revolutionized Christmas decorating with their annual release of holiday ornaments. Some Hallmark ornaments relate to objects in the collections of The Henry Ford. Check out the smaller versions shown here--then look for the full-size objects and their stories. Some are in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation or The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and others are online.
What would the month of December be without holiday movies and specials? Christmas-themed theatrical films date back to the 1930s, and each new form of home entertainment since the advent of TV has led to a deluge of new Christmas-themed movies and specials. Hallmark created ornaments based on these Christmas classics over the years to help holiday lovers remember and celebrate their favorite entertainment moments.
Hallmark revolutionized Christmas decorating with its annual release of holiday ornaments. But many people may not realize that Hallmark produces ornaments for more holidays than just Christmas. Since the early 2000s, Halloween ornaments on a wide range of subjects have been popular. No matter which holiday Hallmark ornaments commemorate, they appeal to customers' tastes and interests and often follow popular consumer trends.