Things: Miniature Moments – Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. is hosting a new exhibition that is bigger than the name might imply.

Miniature Moments – A Journey Through Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments is packed full of only thousands of the small wonders this line of merchandise has produced over the years since 1973. Over 7,000 to be exact!

As I’ve said numerous times on this blog, I’m not a holiday guy. But I do collect select Keepsake Ornaments. Why? Read the official spiel from Hallmark themselves:

Their purpose and meaning… can reinforce personal identity, connect people with one another, and reflect trends in our larger world.” And they look good sitting on a shelf too!

Here is but a very small smattering of Disney ornaments, with one exception:

I’ve always marveled at the level of craftmanship and detail put into these trinkets. Below I am including just some of the categories covered in this show:

Favorite: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Favorite: Star Wars AT-AT

Favorite: Twilight Zone Television

I enjoyed reading the signs that went with each section to learn more about the development and timing for each line.

Favorite: Starship Enterprise

Some 50 years after the creation of the Hallmark company, it went into producing the Keepsake Ornaments. It started with primarily glass balls but evolved into an emphasis on figural ornaments later on.

This is planned to be a permanent exhibit at The Henry Ford Museum, so no need to rush to see it! However, I do highly recommend it. The crowds were constant when we were there and the responses were wholly positive!

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