The 2014 White House ornament is available for pre-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.

Today, the South Balcony is President Barack Obama's and First Lady Michelle Obama's favorite spot in the White House.

Anthony Giannini, Executive Director/CEO

Brass, finished in chrome, genuine turquoise beads, sealed with a non-tarnish finish. Handmade in the USA by the Official White House Gift Shop Ornament makers. Authorized by the Frank Lloyd Wright Association. Comes in an official Frank Lloyd Wright white gift box with a White House Gift Shop Gold Seal on the bottom. The subtle combination of the triangles and the repetitive pattern of the diamonds created at the intersections add to the repeated verticals of the magazine cover and are visible in the jewelry adapted from this concept . Pendant (with turquoise) and Earrings (with turquoise) Set. Desert Triangles
Custom Allow 1 Week.
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.
From the White House Gift Shop, this chubby Bump and Go plane always keeps going. When they hit an object, they just spin around and go in another direction. Working lights on the cockpit, wings and beacon. The engines spin too. Batteries not included. The Air Force One Bump 'N Go Airplane always keeps going, and when it hits an obstacle it turns and goes in a different direction. Your Child Will Imaginatively Discover the fun of Air Force One!
The White House seal blue roller ball pen feels and looks like a $50.00 pen and features 22K gold-plated trim, fast twist action, smooth black gel ink flow, classic profile, and a deep blue lacquer finish. Includes White House Gift Shop Gold Seal Presentation Box plus a black velour pocket sleeve for use. This is an exceptional twist-action pen for regular use, gifting, or for government or corporate events. See also the premium White House black lacquer pen, two piece with a look, feel, quality of a $150.00+ Cross Townsend pen, also available in the pen section of the White House Gift Shop.

THE 2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP ANNUAL GOLD EASTER EGG

Annual Gold Heirloom Collection - 1st Collection Piece in a New Annual Series that Complements the Annual Art Glass Easter Egg also Available in Limited Numbers & Meticulously Handmade in the USA.

Designed by Giannini, the 2014 gold Easter egg with eight facets is meticulously "handmade in the USA" and features a sparkling complete 24KT gold finish on premium brass from our official ornament makers, Easter flowers as perennial symbols of Life, beautiful lattice and filigree with hundreds of open facets to allow light to flow 360-degrees, the White House photograph with protective finish and Easter 2014 on-center in white and blue, eight symmetrical facets redolent of the Octave Day, articulated pedestal for standalone display, floral crown with gold cord for Holidays or Easter Tree display, museum art quality, and much more.

2014 Easter Egg Roll:

On Monday, April 21st, 2014, the First Family will host the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year's theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and more than 30,000 people will assemble on the South Lawn to join in the fun.

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.



The Air Force One Radio Control Plane from the White House Gift Shop is a perfect educational toy to engage your child's imagination and analytical thinking through fascination with lights, sounds, movements, radio control (which can be used to introduce a child to the EMS (Electromagnet Spectrum), gears, LED lights, angles, enhance eyes-hands-device coordination, and much more.
The Union Crest American Flag Classic Pin from the White House Gift Shop is Based on a Wallpaper Design at the White House. For 70 years, the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 by Presidential Memorandum of H. S. Truman is the origin of most classic Presidential jewelery designs. Includes a 1.75" x 1" Two Piece White Box with the White House Gift Shop official gold seal on lid.
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The 2014 White House Christmas ornament honors the administration of Warren G. Harding, who served as the twenty-ninth president of the United States from 1921 to 1923. As a young boy, Harding dreamed of being a locomotive engineer—a wish that was to come true for 51 minutes when as president, he took over the controls on the Alaskan railroad during the “Voyage of Understanding,” his famous transcontinental speaking and sightseeing tour. The Presidential Special, the train that carried President Harding west at the outset of his ambitious voyage and that would tragically carry his casket back east following his sudden death, just two months later..

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 White House two piece roller ball pen with sleek black lacquer finish and 24K gold-plated trim has a sleek profile with a substantial presence and smooth black ink flow of a $120.00 or more pen with the added distinction of a Great Seal black and gold seal two piece presentation box. Uses standard medium point roller ball black ink refill cartridges.
The White House Gift Shop INDEPENDENCE DAY American Flag Umbrella is perfect for individual use, collection, gift giving as well as a golf umbrella. Made by Union Workers in the USA, the White House Umbrella Features a 48" Canopy, Classic Wood Shaft, Curved Handle for Wind Control, Many Handmade Features, Patriotic Design with Flair not only for commemorating Independence Day, July4th, but also for civic events, National Holidays, Presidential visits, campaigns, and more. The Independence Day is a favorite choice for our friend in the United States as well as Norway, Germany, United Kingdom, Finland, Italy, and France, among others. You will easily know your spot on the golf course with the stars, stripes, and White House Architecture 2014 Umbrella. In spring of each year, we introduce a new Independence Day design which makes our umbrellas uniquely collectible. The 2014 Independence Day umbrella is the 1st umbrella of the new White House Umbrella Collection.
This hand carved mahogany wood Air Force One model adds elegance and distinction to your office, study, home, or collection. This Air Force One model is a substantial gift or collection piece and perfect as a diplomatic gift. Includes Certificate of White House Gift Shop authenticity and personalized certificate of Special Appreciation. Measures 19"L 16"W. United States Air Force - Boeing VC-25A is most famous for its role as Air Force One, the call sign of any U.S. Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States. The two aircraft currently in U.S. service are highly modified versions of Boeing's 747-200B, with tail numbers 28000 and 29000 -- tail number on this model is 28000. Ships an in oversize and protective "double" box with insurance included. Includes a Personalized Certificate of Authenticity & Appreciation from the only original authorized White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 -- a perfect combination for display or gift giving!

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.
You receive 25 (TWENTY-FIVE) White House, Presidential Challenge Coins, Great Seal on Reverse, Brilliant Gold and Virbrant Seal Blue Enamel Inlay, 1.5" Diameter Coin, Individual Protective Capsules, Regular Price: $3.50 each. For large quantity orders over 100 coins from the White House Gift Shop write to rachel@whitehousegiftshop.com for quotation.
From the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 -- the Thomas Jefferson statue is a museum-class bust with exceptional presence. Our Jefferson and other statues are used for sets in many film and television series as well as in government buildings and Federalist style homes and legal offices. President Jefferson served as vice-president to John Adams and was later elected president, serving two consecutive terms (1801-1809). He founded the University of Virginia, which he also designed architecturally. After his retirement at Monticello, Jefferson became a living legend, a sage, whose advice and company were sought after by the best minds of two continents. When he died, on July 4th, 1826, 50 years to the day after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the country knew it had lost a monumental figure. Ships in a substantially padded and protective box nearly four-feet long. Includes a Parchment Certificate of Recognition in Your Name or Your Gift Recipient's, Personalized & Signed with unique provenance by our White House Gift Shop Executive Director, Anthony Giannini, whose ancestors include Anthony (Antonio) Giannini a master gardener who came to Virginia in 1773 and worked for Jefferson at Monticello collecting seeds for Jefferson's friends in France, planting grape vines in the vineyard, caring for the North Orchard's apples trees and the South Orchard's apricots, almonds, apples, cherries, and peaches, planting grape vines from Legaux in the Southwest Vineyard, and grafting in the Monticello orchard -- eventually purchasing a tract of land from Jefferson. Letters between Jefferson and Giannini survive. Letters between Jefferson and Giannini survive.

Dimensions: 28" x 19" x 13" 344WHJ
From the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 -- the Thomas Jefferson statue is a museum-class bust with exceptional presence. Our Jefferson and other statues are used for sets in many film and television series as well as in government buildings and Federalist style homes and legal offices. President Jefferson served as vice-president to John Adams and was later elected president, serving two consecutive terms (1801-1809). He founded the University of Virginia, which he also designed architecturally. After his retirement at Monticello, Jefferson became a living legend, a sage, whose advice and company were sought after by the best minds of two continents. When he died, on July 4th, 1826, 50 years to the day after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the country knew it had lost a monumental figure. Ships in a substantially padded and protective box nearly four-feet long. Includes a Parchment Certificate of Recognition in Your Name or Your Gift Recipient's, Personalized & Signed with unique provenance by our White House Gift Shop Executive Director, Anthony Giannini, whose ancestors include Anthony (Antonio) Giannini a master gardener who came to Virginia in 1773 and worked for Jefferson at Monticello collecting seeds for Jefferson's friends in France, planting grape vines in the vineyard, caring for the North Orchard's apples trees and the South Orchard's apricots, almonds, apples, cherries, and peaches, planting grape vines from Legaux in the Southwest Vineyard, and grafting in the Monticello orchards -- eventually released from indentured service, granted status as a freeman, and purchasing a tract of land from Jefferson. Letters between Jefferson and Giannini survive. Letters between Jefferson and Giannini survive.

Dimensions: 28" x 19" x 13" 344WHJ TEMPORARILY SOLD OUT. New Casting Available in 4 months.

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Celebrate the land of the free and home of the brave with this Twelfth Annual Official Statue of Liberty Ornament. The 2014 sun catcher ornament features the Statue of Liberty with a vibrant fireworks backdrop. Finished in a 24-karat gold frame screen-printed with an elegant green border, this year’s ornament also includes a translucent center making it an extremely versatile collectible that can be hung on a tree, in windows or on a mirror! When the Statue of Liberty Sun Catcher Ornament is hung in a window it brings in and disperse the sun's rays through its translucent center on the walls of a room creating a brilliant light display. Watch the light dance and sparkle through this beautiful Statue of Liberty sun catcher sending prisms of colorful light across your walls. When hung by its gold chain, this exquisite ornament also displays the Foundation logo and elegant engraving on its back. It is presented in a lovely gold-toned gift box. This unique ornament is handmade in the USA and makes a perfect gift for any occasion.






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.

Membership Benefits
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 rachel@whitehousegiftshop.com):
• 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, (ships early August 2014)
• 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 Pre-Order and ins included in your Membership.

Membership Benefits
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 rachel@whitehousegiftshop.com:
• Official Lifetime Membership Card with 15% Storewide Discount on all collectibles including gifts using the member's code on your card
• The 2014 White House National Architecture Ornament, #1 in a New Collection, Completely Finished in 24KT Gold with Certificate of Authenticity of Origin, THE WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENT & MODEL IN 3-D, Handmade in the USA. This is a rare chance to begin a bold new architectural collection that will encompass all great American architecture of historical and political significance.
• The White House 24Kt gold finished Presidential Pin
• The White House Police Pin .
• Our semi-annual 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, private Members Only Offers