Miniature Moments:

A Journey Through Hallmark® Keepsake Ornaments

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Explore our extensive collection of nearly 7,000 Hallmark ornaments made between 1973 and 2009. Be sure to visit Miniature Moments: A Journey Through Hallmark ® Keepsake Ornaments, permanently on display inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

Founded by teenage entrepreneur J.C. Hall in 1910, Hallmark did not start with ornaments but with cards. At a young age, J.C. Hall opened a postcard company in a small town in Nebraska. With limited opportunities, he crammed two shoeboxes full of postcards and boarded a train for Kansas City, Missouri, where he and his brother opened a stationery store. When a fire wiped out the store’s inventory, the brothers bought an engraving firm, setting the stage for the first Hallmark card designs.

Hallmark revolutionized Christmas decorating in the late 20th century by developing an increasing variety of ornaments for a wide range of distinctly different customers. In 1973, Hallmark introduced a small line of Keepsake ornaments. These ornaments according to the company, “capture meaningful moments, honor special relationships, express who you are, and help you relive timeless memories, year after year.” The initial product line of primarily glass ball ornaments evolved into an emphasis on figural ornaments.

Relive holiday memories, remember special people and events, and find new inspiration for your own holiday traditions as you experience the artistry and creativity that went into creating each Keepsake ornament.

Highlights

Hallmark "Kermit and Miss Piggy: On Frozen Pond" Christmas Ornament, 2003

  Details

Hallmark "Kermit and Miss Piggy: On Frozen Pond" Christmas Ornament, 2003

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Artifact

Christmas tree ornament

Date Made

2003

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.

Object ID

2019.65.3683

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Hallmark "Kermit and Miss Piggy: On Frozen Pond" Christmas Ornament, 2003

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Hallmark "Letters to Santa" Christmas Ornament, 2006

  Details

Hallmark "Letters to Santa" Christmas Ornament, 2006

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Artifact

Christmas tree ornament

Date Made

2006

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.

Object ID

2019.65.5337

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Hallmark "Letters to Santa" Christmas Ornament, 2006

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Hallmark "The PEANUTS Gang Series: The Sunday Funnies" Christmas Ornament, 2007

  Details

Hallmark "The PEANUTS Gang Series: The Sunday Funnies" Christmas Ornament, 2007

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Christmas tree ornament

Date Made

2007

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.

Object ID

2019.65.6121

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Hallmark "The PEANUTS Gang Series: The Sunday Funnies" Christmas Ornament, 2007

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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  Details

Hallmark "Our Family Photo Holder" Christmas Ornament, 2006

  Details

Hallmark "Our Family Photo Holder" Christmas Ornament, 2006

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Christmas tree ornament

Date Made

2006

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.

Object ID

2019.65.6351

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

 On Exhibit

Not on exhibit to the public.

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Hallmark "Our Family Photo Holder" Christmas Ornament, 2006

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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Hallmark "STAR WARS: Yoda" Christmas Ornament, 1997

  Details

Hallmark "STAR WARS: Yoda" Christmas Ornament, 1997

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Artifact

Christmas tree ornament

Date Made

1997

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. Beginning in 1996 with the Millennium Falcon, Hallmark produced a long line of Star Wars ornaments over the years.

Object ID

2019.65.197

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Hallmark "STAR WARS: Yoda" Christmas Ornament, 1997

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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  Details

Hallmark "Cell-ebrate!" Christmas Ornament, 2007

  Details

Hallmark "Cell-ebrate!" Christmas Ornament, 2007

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Artifact

Christmas tree ornament

Date Made

2007

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. Hallmark's ornaments have also kept pace with everyday technology. Cellphones were in common use when this ornament was released.

Object ID

2019.65.217

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Hallmark "Cell-ebrate!" Christmas Ornament, 2007

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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  Details

Hallmark "Classic American Cars Series: 1966 Mustang" Christmas Ornament, 1992

  Details

Hallmark "Classic American Cars Series: 1966 Mustang" Christmas Ornament, 1992

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Christmas tree ornament

Date Made

1992

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. This 1966 Mustang ornament was the second in its "Classic American Cars" series. The first was a 1957 Corvette.

Object ID

2019.65.60

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Hallmark "Classic American Cars Series: 1966 Mustang" Christmas Ornament, 1992

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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  Details

Hallmark "Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat: The Cat Arrives!" Christmas Ornament, 2003

  Details

Hallmark "Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat: The Cat Arrives!" Christmas Ornament, 2003

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Christmas tree ornament

Date Made

2003

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.

Object ID

2019.65.3686

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Hallmark "Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat: The Cat Arrives!" Christmas Ornament, 2003

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

VIEW CALENDAR

  Details