In 1902, President Teddy Roosevelt set in place a plan to alleviate crowded conditions for the presidential Executive Offices. Within six months, the complex of greenhouses that had been built beginning in 1857 were removed, and the new office facility known as the West Wing was built. Although the interior has undergone several renovations, the exterior had remained architecturally unchanged, with the exception of adding the second floor in 1934. The West Wing now holds the Oval Office of the President, the Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room, the Press Room, and an office for the Vice President. President Richard Nixon requested that the United States Marine Corps provide full-dress support at the entrance of the West Wing Reception Lobby. The 1997 White House Gift Shop official annual ornament is an exceptionally fine piece with its articulated design and its enamel blues, greens, whites, reds, 24KT gold trim, the West Wing holidays and Christmas tree, and two full-dress Marines.
In 2005, we issued two ornaments: Support Our Troops (this one) and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building Ornament (also available in this section of the White House Gift Shop). The 2005 Support Our Troops ornament was created to honor those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.<BR><BR>
THE 2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP GOLD EASTER EGG
1st Issue of a New Annual Collection
For two decades, the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 has created the traditional annual gold engraved glass Easter egg. For 2014, we are delighted to introduce the 1st annual 24KT gold finished Easter egg. Of course, we will continue to offer the annual gold-etched glass White House Easter egg. Indeed, the new 24KT gold White House Easter egg is designed to complement the annual glass Easter egg.
Your 2014 Easter egg is handmade in the USA and features a sparkling 24KT gold finish on brass, 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 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 quality, and much more.
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.
Early Supporter Purchase Price of $68.00 from 2 December to 24 December, price, thereafter, is $86.00. Special Note: We have not authorized or licensed any other store or organization, online or offline, to sell our trademark protected ornaments and Easter eggs including the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 24KT Gold Finished or 24KT Gold on Glass Etched White House, Camp David, and Air Force One annual collector's and gift Easter eggs, heirloom collectibles for two decades. We will restore the entire decades old Easter egg collection in the Giannini egg within egg, life within life, design by 1 March. Giannini's designs are influenced by his studies with Jesuits, Shinto Monks in Japan, and Lakota Sioux. The perennial symbolism of the duality of life, resurrection, and rebirth is the central design theme of all Easter and Holiday eggs in the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946, collection. Includes a letter of appreciation, signed by the designer attesting to the absolute authenticity of origin of the scintillating annual White House glass Easter egg collection. For wooden Easter eggs, please visit our friends at the National Park Service -- the only authorized source for wooden Easter eggs (we create the glass annual Easter egg). For the "only" authentic annual White House wooden Easter eggs, be sure to visit National Park Service at http://easter.nationalparks.org
Perfect for all Faith Groups and Handmade in the USA by the makers of the "official" White House annual Tree Ornament, the first issue of the new 2014 Architecture Ornament and Model Collection is the White House with significant "NATIONAL" architecture to follow in subsequent years with ever increasing sophistication and elegance. This special collection piece is 24KT gold plated not only outside but also inside for a sparkling Holiday, Christmas, or New Year gift and collectible that will be a treasured heirloom for generations to come. Originally designed as a "massive" piece nearly one-foot long for diplomats, global heads of several nation friends of America, and for CEOs by Tony Giannini, he chose to scale down the size as well as the acquisition cost for you (the original cost was hundreds dollars for one piece) with the result that we can now offer this beautiful entirely 24KT gold plated ornament and model at an exceptional collection or gift giving value. The 1st issue of a new collection is a significant event, and the 2014 Holidays and New Year White House is set in a custom gold gift box with deep black velvet folds and bears the official seal of the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946. The 2014 New Year White House is perfect as a Holiday or Christmas gift or as a collectible for your shelf, table, or desk display as well as for your annual holiday tree with its gold braided cord. We are already designing next year's Washington D.C., New Year Architectural Collection piece -- the second in this new collection which will dramatically complement your 2014 White House. Subsequent years will feature historic as well as dramatically new architecture of our Nation in 4-D, complete 24KT gold finishing on premium brass, and ever increasing sophistication including some fascinating new technologies. This is one display gem that you will not have to box and put aside at the end of the Holidays, for it is a piece appropriate for display year-round -- a key design requirement for all new creations in the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946. You will be delighted with what we have on our design boards for next year!
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917—November 22, 1963) was the 35th President of the United States of America.
Leo Cherne's original sculpture is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
Created in the USA by American Artists using centuries-old casting techniques with bronze patina.
Handmade in the USA by the makers of the White House official annual tree ornament, the 1997 White House West Wing with Full-Dress Marine Corps Support, is the 7th ornament in the official White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 annual Holidays and Christmas Ornament Collection -- also known as the Secret Service Ornament Collection, worldwide. The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 solely at this site is the only official source and originator of the 22+ year White House Gift Shop annual Holiday ornament collection. Includes a letter of appreciation and authenticity of origin to add meaning and collection or gift value to this exceptional piece.
The West Wing Reception with Full-Dress Marine Corps Support
The 1998 White House Ornament features the large Entrance Hall and Cross Hall which were part of James Hoban's original design for the White House. The design of the hall has not been altered throughout the years at the White House, although marble walls and floors were added to the Cross Hall during the Truman renovation. The Entrance Hall is still used as a reception area and is seen by visitors as they leave the White House. The portrait of President John F. Kennedy on display in the Entrance Hall was painted by Aaron Shikler in 1970.
The Steinway Grand Piano, designed by Eric Gugler, was donated to the White House in 1938 by Steinway and is decorated with gilt stenciling by Dunbar Beck. This piano is often referred to as the Truman piano because of his passion for playing it. This piano is still in use for performances in the White House.
The 1998 White House Gift Shop Annual Holiday Ornament (often called the Secret Service ornament collection by collectors) is an exceptional historical piece, handmade in the USA, fine detail, meticulous construction, 24KT gold plated brass with beautiful enamels, boxed with the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 official seal in gold, and is prized worldwide by discerning ornament collectors.
We have restored the entire 22 year historic White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 official ornament collection (often called the Secret Service Uniformed Division series) and will add one new ornament to this collection each year. The 2013 White House Gift Shop ornament is Blair House. The series was called the Secret Service ornament collection for decades but is renamed this year as the White House Gift Shop, Est, 1946 Collection for consistency as well as reflective of our multiple missions and lineage which dates to a permanent presidential memorandum of President Harry S. Truman creating the White House Security Fund that soon, thereafter, became the White House Gift Shop.
Be sure to see the 2013 Blair House ornament honoring the White House Police and the 2013 Air Force One in 3-D in our Honoring Military Services Collection which this year honors the United States Air Force and the Airmen of Air Force One.
Special Note: We have not authorized or licensed any other entity or store, online or offline, to sell our trademarked and protected ornaments, Easter eggs, and other custom items created at the White House Gift Shop for over 70 years.
The 2009 President Lincoln Bicentennial Commemorative is an exceptional collection of gift piece with 24KT gold finish, alabaster President Lincoln inset, brilliant baked enamels, and from the only original authorized White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 once located in the basement of the White House, itself. Special Note: We have not authorized or licensed any other online or offline store or entity to sell White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 ornaments, Easter eggs, or other products creates uniquely by the White House Gift Shop for over 70 years.
This is a Best Lock (Compatible with Lego) building block set to build the New York City Empire State Building and the White House Gift Shop's celebration of Great American Architecture. This construction block kit includes 437 pieces and is interchangeable with other leading brands. Ages 5+
The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world's tallest building for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York (although it was no longer the tallest in the US or the world), until One World Trade Center reached a greater height on April 30, 2012. The Empire State Building is currently the third-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States and the 22nd-tallest in the world. It is also the fourth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.
The Empire State Building is generally thought of as an American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Deco style and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the List of America's Favorite Architecture.
Handmade in the USA by the makers of the White House official annual tree ornament, the 1992 White House, Oval Office, is the second ornament in the official White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 annual Holidays and Christmas Ornament Collection -- also known as the Secret Service Ornament Collection, worldwide. The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 is the only official source and originator of the 21+ year White House Gift Shop annual Holiday ornament collection.
The beauty of this piece is perhaps in its calm and oval design, redolent not only of the Oval Office but of presidential and State Department diplomatic successes in American-Soviet relations during 1991 and 1992.
With its calm blues, browns, and golden hues, our 1992 Oval Office ornament reflects key diplomatic successes: Indeed, on January 26 – Boris Yeltsin announced that Russia would stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons. The positive psychological effect of Yeltsin's announcement was mutual relief for all Americans and Russians who lived through the “duck and cover” days of the Cold War era (often dated from 1947 to 1991) during which MAD or Mutually Assured Destruction was the primary strategic deterrent to the threat of horrific nuclear war.
President George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) occupied the Oval Office when this ornament was created. President Bush served as the 41st President of the United States (1989–1993). A Republican, he had previously served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States (1981–1989), a congressman, an ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. He is the oldest former President and Vice President, and the last former President who is a veteran of World War II. Foreign policy drove the Bush presidency: military operations in Panama and the Persian Gulf; the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the Soviet Union dissolved two years later.
The 1992 Oval Office ornament is a treasured heirloom, worldwide, by collectors who value the historical nuances of the White House Gift Shop’s annual ornaments as well as the beauty of this collection with all ornaments featuring 24KT gold finishing, beautifully baked enamels, historical information cards, and dated by year to mark the passage of time, and handmade, always, only in these United States of America by the makers of the official White House annual tree ornaments.
In November, 1923, First Lady Grace Coolidge gave permission for the District of Columbia Public Schools to erect a Christmas tree on the Ellipse south of the White House. The organizers named the tree the "National Christmas Tree." From 1924 to 1953, live trees in various locations around and on the White House grounds were lit on Christmas Eve. In 195, the ceremony returned to the Ellipse with an expanded focus. Local civic and business groups created the "Christmas Pageant of Peace." Smaller live trees representing the 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia, formed a "Pathway of Peace." Central to the season's celebration is the living National Christmas Tree, a Colorado blue spruce from York, Pennsylvania, planted on the ellipse on October 20, 1978.
The entire collection you will receive is shown in the ornament and model collage -- 24 years of history in 25 individual boxes including the 2014 White House, 4-D, finished entirely in 24KT gold.
This special offer is available only through December 18th.
Each piece in your exquisite collection is handmade by the makers of the White House Official Annual Holidays and Christmas ornaments in Rhode Island, USA, based on designs, now, by Giannini for the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946: Serving patriotic Americans and global friends of America for over 70 years!
All ornaments are 24KT gold finished, premium brass, baked enamels, and all handmade in the USA by the makers of the official White House Annual Holidays and Christmas ornaments.
The current 2013 White House Gift Shop official annual ornament is Blair House: Honoring the Men and Women of the Secret Service Uniformed Division, the History of the White House Police, and the supreme sacrifice of Officer Leslie William Coffelt of the White House Police.
Your complete collection includes the BONUS inclusion of the first ornament and model of our new annual Architecture Collection -- the White House in full 24KT gold finish (in subsequent years we will offer other significant icons of our Nation's architecture with ever increasing design, substance, and sophistication).
All ornaments are individually boxed in 25 separate ornament boxes.
This is the first time in 23 years that the complete collection is available -- the history of the entire White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 ornament and model collection in one collection.
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