The Celebrated Truman Balcony
The front of the Ornament features the Truman Balcony, added to the White House in 1947-48. President Truman's alterations and renovations to the Executive Mansion were some of the most expansive in history.The Modern White House: Truman’s Renovation
A Turn of a Head
The Presidential Seal featured at the top of the Ornament reflects the design as changed by President Truman. Originally the American eagle looked toward its left talons, which hold a cluster of spears, weapons of war. Truman had the seal redesigned, turning the eagle's head away from the spears to its right talons, which hold the olive branches of peace.
Transformation of the Blue Room
The back of the Ornament features the renovated Blue Room decorated for the holidays. During the major renovations of 1948-52, the Blue Room, like all the rooms of the White House, was dismantled and rebuilt.Blue Room Through the Years