United States Capitol Gold Ornament


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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)

White House 2015 Easter Egg

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.



The White House Gift Shop's National Security Council, NSC, White House Situation Room hat is 100% Made and Embroidered in the USA, thus, it can be worn or given as a gift with special pride.
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 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.
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!
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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 Golf Club Executive Member hat is 100% Made and Embroidered in the USA, thus, it can be worn or given as a gift with special pride.
Daron International Air Force One Airport
This Air Force One International Airport play set includes an international airport, helicopter, vehicle, and an Air Force One plane. Includes airport, accessories, helicopter, vehicle, plane, and two vehicles.
Daron Air Force One Remote Control Plane
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.
A unique take on a classic design, this delicate and beautiful collection will make great additions to your tree. Colored, Gold, Brass, and Copper Tiffany Lamps. Each ornament is 100% handmade in the USA. finished in 24KT gold (except for the Copper ornament, and includes a hand-signed Certificate of Appreciation & Authenticity of White House Gift Shop Origin. Each piece in this exquisite set is individually presented in a two-piece, gold moire, gift box with the official White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 for your collection value or superb gift presentation.

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.
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Air Force One Crew Hat
The Air Force One Presidential Crew Hat with the American Flag on the left side is 100% Made in the USA by American and Union textile workers and embroiderers. This is a perfect hat to commemorate your present or past government service or your press status on Air Force One, itself. The Air Force One Guest hat is impressive and enjoyable for collection display, as a unique gift, for special civic events, or presidential visits to your town or city. Presidential Seal, Air Force One, STONE THE WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP, EST. 1946
Jefferson Bust & Statue
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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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.
Daron Empire State Building

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Empire State Building 3D Puzzle with LED lighting. 38 Pieces. Museum quality with authentic details. No glue required.

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The most beautiful and famous landmarks in the world are now yours to have in your home. Incredibly detailed, fun to assemble and beautiful to display, this 3D puzzle includes architecture-model LED lighting. Collect them all! Uses 3 AA Batteries; not included. 12 pieces. The Empire State Building has been named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th street was given its name in honor of the nickname for New York State. Standing at 1,453 feet 8 9/16 inches tall, with 102 floors and a 203 foot pinnacle, which is covered by broadcast antennas and topped with a lightning rod., the empire State Building was the world's tallest building for more than forty years, from its completion in 1931 until the completion of the World Trade Center's North Tower in 1972. The Empire State Building is currently the second tallest skyscraper in the Americas, surpassed by only the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower.

Daron LED White House
White House, Washington DC, 3D Puzzle with LED lighting base. 56 total pieces. No glue required. Museum quality with authentic details. No glue required. From the Producer: This 3D construction kit is a replica of the The White House in Washington, D.C. The puzzle comes with an LED base that colorfully lights it up from the base. The structure measures 8 inches tall and is 6.1 by 6.4 inches at the inside. Each of the 56 puzzle pieces is numbered on the enclosed panels for easy assembly. 3 'AA' batteries required (not included).

Great Seal of the United States Pin. Bold enamel colors, gold plated, and specially coated. The Great Seal of the United States is used on special documents such as passports, military insignias and flags.U.S. A perfect pin to collect or wear at patriotic events. Made of polished brass and enamel cloisonné, 1.5" diameter.

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.


White House Police Badge Pin
White House Police Lapel Pin. Established in 1922 as the White House Police Force, the White House Police Force was fully integrated into the Secret Service in 1930. With more than 1,300 officers today, the Uniformed Division is responsible for security at the White House Complex; the vice president's residence; the Department of the Treasury (as part of the White House Complex); and foreign diplomatic missions in the Washington, D.C., area.







Great Eagle Lapel Pin
Great Eagle Lapel Pin from the White House Gift Shop.. The Eagle is the national emblem of the United States. In 1782, Congress selected the bald eagle as the emblem of the newly formed United States. The United States Seal depicts the bald eagle with its wings spread, with one claw clutching an olive branch, and the other claw grasping arrows.

Great Eagle Lapel Pin
Great Eagle Lapel Pin from the White House Gift Shop.. The Eagle is the national emblem of the United States. In 1782, Congress selected the bald eagle as the emblem of the newly formed United States. The United States Seal depicts the bald eagle with its wings spread, with one claw clutching an olive branch, and the other claw grasping arrows.

Let this train from the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 transport you to Christmas and Holiday memories past and present. Completely finished with 24kt gold, 100% handmade in the USA, 2014 year inscribed on back of engineer's cab, and includes White House Gift Shop Certificate of Appreciation. Joshua Lionel Cowen in 1901 invented a battery powered car that ran around a 30 inch circle of track. Toy trains soon became a favorite holiday gift for American children and a major collection hobby for adults. Locomotive ornaments soon, thereafter, became Christmas favorites. This delightful locomotive harkens back to the Golden Book days and is reminiscent of the perennially popular book The Little Train that Could -- a story of hope, optimism, and great inner strength -- the theme of our gold filigree, lattice, and handmade in the USA Christmas and Holidays Express ornament. Includes White House Gift Shop Official Gold Seal on Two Piece moire windowed gift box.
Official White House Ornament Collection
The entire White House Ornament Collection, 1991-2014 is shown in the ornament and model collage and includes 26 ornaments -- several years had two ornaments.

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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2014 Historical Ornament
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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
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 and a top choice among diplomats for gifts to heads-of-states and other dignitaries for gifts symbolic of the United States of America. Includes a Personalized Certificate of Special Appreciation and Authenticity of Origin. 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.
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

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This authentically detailed and licensed NYPD play set includes police barricades, four vehicles, two cones, two figures, and a traffic light. The NYPD set is a fun and educational gift, souvenir, or display and provides hours of imaginative play.

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 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.
100 INDIVIDUALLY BOXED 2014 WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENTS, PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S BALCONY WITH DESIGNER HAND-SIGNED CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY FOR EACH OF THE 100 INDIVIDUAL ORNAMENTS. CERTIFICATES CAN BE PREPARED IN THE NAMES OF EACH OF YOUR RECIPIENTS FOR ALL 100 ORNAMENTS: ADDING COLLECTION, GIFT GIVING, OR DISPLAY MEANING, VALUE, AND PRESENTATION. FOR SPECIAL EVENTS, AN ADDITIONAL CUSTOMIZED "EVENT" CARD CAN BE DESIGNED AND PLACED INSIDE THE ORNAMENT BOX IN ADDITION TO THE HISTORICAL INFORMATION CARD INCLUDED WITH YOUR PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S SOUTH BALCONY ORNAMENTS, E.G., NAMES OF WEDDING PARTY GUESTS, DIGNITARIES, CORPORATE OR GOVERNMENT STAFF MEMBERS. VALID THRU SEPTEMBER 15, 2014!

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.

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
• 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.

2004 White House Ornament

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.

Vibrant Butterfly Ornament, METAMORHOSIS, from the White House Gift Shop. This beautifully crafted ornament is sure to bring life to your holiday décor, handcrafted, 24KT gold plated, Made in the USA, Two-piece gift box, gold moire, with the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 official seal.

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!