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The National Architecture ornament for 2015 is the United States Capitol Building. The 2015 United States Capitol Building is completely finished in 24KT gold on specially treated brass to museum level quality, art deco proportioned, design by Giannini, and is meticulously handmade in the USA, and is the 2nd piece in the our now globally collected, gifted, and traded official National Architecture Collection of the White House Gift Shop established by permanent presidential order of President Harry S. Truman. The 2015 Capitol Building is designed to sparkle with jewel-like brilliance and gem-like proportions for display on your Holiday or Christmas tree from its gold cord as well as for permanent, year-round, presentation on your desk, credenza, or display case. Includes a personalized and signed Certificate of Appreciation & Authenticity of Origin for display, collection, or gift giving value.
Each year, the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 designs and makes a new National Architecture ornament to commemorate great American architects and architectural symbols of America. This exceptional piece is a great chance to begin or continue your United States National Architecture heirloom collection. See also the first piece in this great new collection, The White House with 24KT gold finish, 3-dimensional.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL
In 1791, President Washington chose the land, now the District of Columbia, as the nation’s capital. Pierre Charles L'Enfant, a French engineer, was charged to plan the new city of Washington. L'Enfant's eye was keen, for he envisioned the U.S. Capitol Building upon the brow of what was then called Jenkins' Hill -- a site that in L'Enfant's words, "A pedestal waiting for a monument." The Capitol Building, itself, was designed by Dr. William Thornton, a Scottish-trained physician. The Capitol’s length, north to south, is 751 feet 4 inches; width is 350 feet; height to the top of the Statue of Freedom is 288 feet; the dome is an elegant articulation of 8,909,200 pounds of cast iron!
Standing atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., construction of the U.S. Capitol Building began in 1793, and is the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government -- the Congress of the United States. On September 18, 1793, President Washington laid the cornerstone of the Capitol building-- an exemplar 19th-century neoclassical architecture that evokes the principles and ideals guiding the Founding Fathers as they developed the new republic. Congress first met in the Capitol Building on November 17, 1800
The United States Capitol building is symbolically and architecturally one of the most important architectures not only in America but also in the world. Often shown as a symbol of power, influence, authority, and gravity in times of national crises as the background of news broadcasts -- the United States Capitol building is synonymous with the legislative pulse of America. The Senate and the House of Representatives have forged the laws of our Nation in the great halls, corridors, and private rooms of the Capitol Building for more than two centuries. The Capitol building since 1793 was built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored, and stands as an architectural monument of freedom and democracy for America.
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Dimensions: 4.5" x 1.5" x 2" (to peak of dome)
THE 2015 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP's OFFICIAL ANNUAL GOLD FINISHED EASTER EGG is the 2nd heirloom ornament in the new White House Gold Easter Egg Collection that began in 2013, and is the best yet with museum quality, jewel-like at crown, 24KT gold finish flowing with elegant purples redolent of historical Christian motifs, a touch of the Old World with intricate details, the White House North Portico in subtle white enamel (partial view, on-center) with "White House Easter, 2015" encircling, 3" tall, and stands alone on its articulated pedestal or elegantly displays from your Christmas, Holiday, or Easter tree with a gold cord.
Beautifully and meticulously handmade in Rhode Island, USA, the 2015 White House gold Easter egg is set in an elegant two-piece, gold moire, gift box with the White House Gift Shop seal. Made of premium brass with complete 24KT finishing and baked enamels, your heirloom is specially treated for timeless quality. This is the best yet in our now globally collected White House Egg Collection and will grace, year-round, your tree, display cabinet, or home with shimmering elegance regardless of lighting!
Each year, we add a new Easter egg to this radiant collection with new design concepts by Anthony Giannini. Order now to assure availability of the 2015 White House heirloom Easter egg at this special pre-order price. Unconditionally guaranteed to delight and grace your 2015 holiday season as well as a special year-round display piece!
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL
The original site of the Easter Monday Egg Roll was the grounds of the United States Capitol. By the mid-1870s, the egg rolling activities on the West Terraces had gained notoriety as the children turned the Capitol grounds into their Easter Monday playground. The first egg rolls, largely family affairs, seem to have been held during the administration of President Andrew Johnson. Youngsters of the President's family dyed eggs on Sunday for the Monday rolling, which the First Lady would watch from the South Portico. The workers and tourists watched in fascination as the children rolled both their hard boiled eggs and themselves down the lush green hills.
The egg roll activity of 1876 took its toll on the grounds, a fact that did not go unnoticed by members of Congress. With an already inadequate budget to complete the landscaping and maintenance of the grounds, Congress passed a law forbidding the Capitol grounds to be used as a children's playground. The law was to be enforced in 1877. But that Easter Monday rain poured down, canceling any outdoor activities sending the egg rollers indoors to play.
On Easter Saturday of 1878, a small announcement in the local press informed the egg rollers the new law would be enforced. President Rutherford B. Hayes, taking his daily walk, was approached by a number of young egg rollers who inquired about the possibilities of egg rolling on the South Lawn of the White House. President Hayes, upon his return to the White House, issued an official order that should any children arrive to egg roll on Easter Monday, they were to be allowed to do so. That Monday, as children were being turned away from the Capitol grounds, word quickly spread to go to the White House!
President Hayes and his wife, Lucy, officially opened the White House grounds to the children of the area for egg rolling that Easter Monday. Successive Presidents continued the tradition, and the event has been held on the South Lawn ever since.
Louis Comfort Tiffany (February 18, 1848 – January 17, 1933), an American artist and designer, is especially renowned for his work stained glass work. As artist, Tiffany is most associated with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements. His designs for stained glass windows, glass mosaics, glassworks, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, and his famous Tiffany lamps is the inspiration for this beautiful four piece Tiffany Lamp Collection from the only official and original White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 by permanent order of President Harry S. Truman.
Dimensions: 28" x 19" x 13" 344WHJ TEMPORARILY SOLD OUT. New Casting Available in 4 months.
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Pendant Dimensions: 1.2" W x 2.5" L
Earring Dimensions: 0.9" W x 2.075" L
Includes Certificate of Authenticity and Appreciation
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is recognized world-wide as one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century. His work heralded a new thinking in architecture, using innovation in design and engineering made possible by newly developed technology and materials.
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American Lapel Pins from the White House Gift Shop are often worn by government service retirees, military veterans, and patriotic citizens to show a sign of dedication to America's core principles of freedom and democracy. Wearing American pins on the lapel on your jacket or on your hat says a lot with meaning that derives from the inherent meanings of symbols such as the Great Seal of the United States of America. Dimensions: 7/8", brass, baked enamels, protective finish, military butterfly clasp.
Each piece in your collection is handmade in the USA for our annual collection. We add one new ornament to this series each year.
All ornaments are 24KT gold finished on premium brass, museum grade, heirloom quality for generations to come, baked enamels, and are meticulously handmade in the USA by the official ornament makers.
Your ornaments are individually boxed in 26 separate ornament boxes and include a personalized and signed Certificate of Recognition & Appreciation from the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 by permanent order of President Harry S. Truman.
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See also this year's 2014 White House Gift Shop's Official Ornament Collection, Prized Globally, for 26 Years. The 2014 annual ornament is, TRUMAN'S BALCONY, which features the South Balcony of the White House that Truman created and honors President Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States, available now for pre-order now with shipment on August 1 at http://www.whitehousegiftshop.com/product-p/truman.htm
The first official Air Force One was a Douglas VC-54C and called the “Sacred Cow.” Photo shown. This aircraft is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Dimensions: 28" x 19" x 13" 344WHJ
Only 3 Available
The New York Police Department Counter Terrorism Task Force and other Units of the NYPD often work closely with the U.S. Secret Service to assure security for the President.
The New York City Police Department (NYPD or NYCPD), officially the City of New York Police Department, was established in 1845, and is the largest municipal police force in the United States, having primary responsibilities in law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. The NYPD is one of the oldest police departments established in the United States; tracing its roots back to the first Dutch eight man night watch in 1625, when New York City was New Amsterdam.
The NYPD has a broad array of specialized services, including the Emergency Service Unit, K-9, harbor patrol, air support, bomb disposal, counter-terrorism, criminal intelligence, anti-gang, anti-organized crime, narcotics, public transportation and public housing; The New York City Transit Police and New York City Housing Authority Police Department were fully integrated into the NYPD in 1995. According to the department, its mission is to "enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment."
The 2014 White House ornament is available for order and honors President Harry S. Truman. Designed by Giannini, the 2014 Christmas and Holidays ornament is titled TRUMAN'S BALCONY and is the 26th ornament in the globally prized, quarter of a century, White House Gift Shop's Official Ornament Collection. Features: Handmade in the USA by the official ornament maker, 24KT gold finished, brilliant baked enamels, museum quality, heirloom design, inscribed quote of President Truman with Administration dates on reverse, historical information card, and includes a hand-signed Certificate of White House Gift Shop Appreciation Authenticity of Origin in your name or the names of each of your gift recipients. Of significance for your collectible or gift -- the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by Permanent Presidential Memorandum of President H. S. Truman which adds substance and meaning to your 2014 White House ornament.
Ornament dimensions: 3x 2.5 inches
It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here! -- President Harry S. Truman
2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP ANNUAL ORNAMENT: TRUMAN’S BALCONY
The 2014 White House Gift Shop’s official annual ornament honors President Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States from 1945-1953. Truman came from modest beginnings, grew up on the family farm in Independence, Missouri, and did not attend college. After high school, he worked as a time keeper, clerk, bookkeeper, farmer, then joined the National Guard. When World War I erupted, Truman volunteered for duty. Truman’s organization and leadership skills were soon recognized, and he was quickly promoted to captain in France. Despite his often shy and modest temperament, Truman captured the respect and admiration of his men, leading them successfully through heavy fighting during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Among Truman’s accomplishments as President were ending World War II, containment of the conflict in Korea, initiating the Berlin Airlift, creation of his Fair Deal, banning racial discrimination in federal hiring practices, and desegregation of the military. Truman was not afraid of contentious or unpopular causes, one of the core traits of presidential leadership.
HISTORY OF PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S CREATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH BALCONY
“It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!”
President Truman spoke these words during the week of February 1946 and subsequently forged ahead to make the first change to the White House since 1872-- the replacement of the canvas canopies on the south face of the White House with the now iconic South Balcony of the White House. Truman's proposal for a balcony sparked outrage and debate in America about the mutilation of the White House. Critics abounded at Truman’s proposal to change the White House face, the first exterior change of the White House in 117 years. Members of the Commission of Fine Arts argued that the Classic Greek style of the White House would be mutilated simply to create a leisure space for the First Family. It got worse: Political cartoonists satirized the balcony project, claiming that Truman could lose the 1948 presidential election because of his proposed degradation of the White House. The Fine Arts Commission eventually agreed to the proposed balcony but only if the change was approved by the renowned architect William Adams Delano. The Commission believed that Delano would never approve Truman’s balcony. Truman argued that the addition of a balcony would provide shade for the first floor portico, avoid the need for new awnings, and would balance the south face of the White House. While Truman’s reasons were logical and aesthetically accurate, he had personal reasons for wanting a south side balcony: The view from the Oval Room was magnificent but more importantly, Truman hoped that his wife, Bess, would spend more time at the White House given a South Balcony with such a splendid view.
In small acts of vision and leadership amidst resistance, the vision and acumen is often revealed of a President or future president. Despite opposition from the Fine Arts Commission and funding from Congress uncertain, Truman forged ahead with the construction of the now quintessential South Balcony of the White House. Well known for his position that the Buck Stops with the President and given the resistance from Congress, Truman made no request to Congress for the $16,050.74 cost of constructing the South Balcony, for he paid for the balcony from his own household account. Once completed, many of those who vigorously opposed Truman’s Balcony quickly wrote to the President to say that the new balcony substantially improved the south face of the White House.
It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here! -- President Harry S. Truman
President Harry S. Truman, 33rd President (1945-1953) spoke these words during the week of February 1946 and subsequently forged ahead to make the first change to the White House since 1872-- the replacement of the canvas canopies on the South Side of the White House with the now iconic South Balcony of the White House. Truman's proposal for a South Side balcony sparked outrage and debate in America about the proposed mutilation of the White House by the addition of Truman's Balcony eventually followed by the complete restoration of the White House. Truman prevailed and the White House, today, is perhaps most famous for its magnificent South Side balcony -- TRUMAN'S BALCONY -- the title and theme of the 2014 annual White House Gift Shop Ornament -- the 26th in our collection and the first appearance of the Modern Presidents sequence in our quarter of a century prized White House ornament collection. The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 is the only gift shop in America's history created by permanent Presidential Memorandum -- signed by President Harry S. Truman which adds meaning, gift, and collection value to all your acquisitions from the only original authorized White House Gift Shop. Certificates of Authenticity of Origin are available upon request for all gifts and collectibles in the White House Gift Shop. If you would like a Certificate of Authenticity of Origin, simply add a note in the instructions section of your order.
As a member of the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946, you receive the following Membership Benefits (memberships can also be for family or friends, simply select the number desired, and include the member names in the comments section of your order or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org):
• Official Membership Card with Certificate of Membership, Personalized, Hand-Signed, Parchment, and Frame-Ready
• The 2014 White House Ornament (often called Secret Service Series by collectors), PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S BALCONY
• The White House 24Kt gold finish Seal fashion pin (shown in photo)
• The White House Police Lapel Pin (shown in photo)
* 10% discount for all White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 web or phone order sales using the code on your Member's Card.
• Our quarterly new eMagazine, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY, with fascinating contemporary and historical articles about the Presidency and The White House including articles related to the First Ladies.
• Advance notice of new gifts and collectibles with significant special pre-release discounts
The 2014 President Harry S. Truman Commemorative Christmas & Holiday Ornament is Available for Order and is included in your Membership.
THE EAST WING
The first decorations viewed by tour groups in the East Wing are a sleigh filled with presents and trees adorned with festive ornaments. They are placed near the double doors that lead into the Jacqueline Kennedy garden. The East Wing was added to the White House in 1942 during World War II and was used as office space for the military. Today, there is still office space for the military, and the Wing also serves as office space for the First Lady's staff, Social Office, the Visitors office, the President's theater, and the East Colonnade. Visitors touring the White House enter through the east entrance and follow the East Colonnade past the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden to enter the Residence to rooms on the Ground and State Floors. Our ornaments are prized by collectors, traders, and given as gifts, worldwide, for their beauty as well as the historical stories embedded within form and content of these beautiful annual White House ornaments.
Nature Facts: Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inches to a large 12 inches Butterflies have four wings that are transparent. How can that be? We know butterflies as perhaps the most colorful, vibrant insects around! A butterfly wing is actually formed by layers of chitin, the protein that makes up an insect's exoskeleton. These layers are so thin you can see right through them. Thousands of tiny scales cover the transparent chitin, and these scales reflect light in different colors. As a butterfly ages, scales fall off the wings, leaving spots of transparency where the chitin layer is exposed. Scientists estimate that there are between 15000 and 2000 different species of butterflies. First Lady Michelle Obama inaugurated the first-ever pollinator garden on the White House grounds in early April 2014. Our vibrant butterfly ornament gives tribute to this stunning insect featuring warm oranges, bright violets, sky blues, and gold finishes available from the White House Gift Shop!