Our story

Our story started over 100 years ago when eighteen-year-old JC Hall started our company, with nothing but two boxes of picture postcards and an entrepreneurial spirit.

His passion lives on today in everything we do. Just like the young JC Hall, we never forget we’re here to make a difference, enhance a moment and put our stamp on the world.

Timeline

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1910
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Jan 10th 1910

Joyce Clyde Hall (JC Hall as he preferred to be known) jumped on a train from Nebraska to Kansas City with big dreams and two shoe boxes of postcards under his arm!

Joined by his brother’s Rollie and William ‘Hall Brothers’ was formed.

1920
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1920

Greeting cards were viewed as ‘new-fangled inventions’ until well into the 1920s when they came into their own as a tangible way of people conveying emotions to one another

1928
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1928

Hall Brothers became Hallmark Cards

1958
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April 30th 1958

Hallmark UK opens for business from offices
in London

1959
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April 1959

Hallmark UK’s first Spring Seasons range
was launched

1962
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1962

Hallmark UK bought 6 Hall of Cards stores

1966
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1966

Hallmark International is set up in the UK to coordinate all Hallmark activities outside of
the USA

1972
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1972

Fine Arts was established in Ireland to print all of Hallmark’s requirements in Europe

Sold 12 Hall of Card shops

1984
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1984

Bought WN Sharpe’s in Bradford

1985
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1985

Hallmark House the new UK HQ was opened
in Henley

1994
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1994

Acquired The Andrew Brownsword Collection and brought Forever Friends and Country Companions into the company portfolio

1998
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1998

Hallmark Cards UK was formed – merging all the previous acquisitions into one business

Creative Publishing was acquired which included Tigerprint which still trades under this name today as sole supplier to Marks and Spencer

2001
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2001

Hallmark Cards PLC was formed bringing all companies under one umbrella

November 2001 Bingley Road became Hallmark Cards PLC’s HQ

2005
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2005

November 2005 Hallmark UK launches first national TV advert

2008
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2008

November 2008 Hallmark.co.uk is launched

2011
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2011

Winner of Toy Talk Awards 2011 Best Cuddly Toy – Interactive Story Buddy

The Hallmark Brand is relaunched in the UK with a new vision, look and feel

2013
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2013

Awarded Business in the Community Platinum Big Tick status

2014
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2014

Hallmark launch the Hall & Co brand