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The White House and Historic Ornament Collection, Created in 1946 by Members of U.S. Secret Service is the Official & Exclusive Christmas and Holidays Ornament Collection of the "Only Original Official" White House Gift Shop


Over 73 years ago, an on-duty member of Secret Service Uniformed Division placed the first White House Gift Shop Secret Service Unformed Division Series Ornament on the White House Christmas Tree decades ago with our very first one-dimensional ornament made in 1946 by The White House Flower Fund under the administration of President Harry S. Truman.


Now, the official historic White House Gift Shop collection is prized by discerning collectors, traders, and gift givers worldwide with two new ornaments added each year to the main collection.


Our archivists are presently restoring "lost years" from 1946 to 1990 which combined with the currently available ornaments from 1991 to 2018 will comprise the largest collection of its kind in White House history. Ornaments prior to 1991 were not made of brass but of wood, glass, ceramic, fiber, and other materials. We are reconstructing the lost year ornaments from photographs and other records provided to the White House Gift Shop by Secret Service members as well as many of our supporters who have shopped at the White House Gift Shop from its origins in the basement of the White House in 1946.

The White House Gift Shop® is protected by multiple, sole, and exclusive trademark rights granted WHGS by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in our 70th year of service which began as a small flower fund inside the White House in 1946 then transformed to the White House Security Fund and soon, thereafter, became The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 by permanent order of President Harry S. Truman with guidance by the Chief of U.S. Secret Service, the Inspector of the White House Police, General Harry S. Vaughan of the U.S. Army, and with volunteer support by active members for seven decades by members of the Secret Service Uniformed Division.

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