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The Hallmark Hall of Fame

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    Lionel Barrymore
    In 1953, The Hallmark Hall of Fame debuted with Lionel Barrymore as the host and a new story format.

    Hallmark began producing radio shows in 1948 with a show titled The Hallmark Playhouse topresented works of literature that were not well-known.

    The concept of a postcard is simple. It just took a few pennies to buy a card, write out a thought and then for a few more pennies the postal service would take your greeting to the recipient. The excitement was enough to inspire young entrepreneur J.C. Hall to move beyond his family's general store in Nebraska. J.C. soon realized that greeting cards were more prestigious (and profitable) than postcards.

    Hall was entranced with the thought that greeting cards "were more than a form of communication—they were a social custom." The niceties of social custom was reflected when the Hall brothers renamed their company Hallmark after the symbology used by London goldsmiths in 1928. At the same time, Hallmark became the first greeting card company to advertise nationally with an ad in The Ladies Home Journal.

    Cyrus FieldIn 1942, Hallmark assumed sponsorship of Radio Readers Digest from Campbell's Soup on CBS. The slogan "When you care enough to send the very best" was adopted in 1944. The radio lineup expanded to include Hallmark Playhouse on Christmas day, 1947.

    Hallmark Playhouse adapted stories from serious literature for radio audiences. The Hallmark Hall of Fame premiered ambitiously on NBC Television on Christmas Eve, 1951, with "Amahl and the Night Visitors", an opera written for TV. In 1953, the radio anthology program, now hosted by the great Lionel Barrymore, adopted the name of the TV series.

    While TV's Hall of Fame subjects ranged from Shakespeare, popular plays and inspirational biographies, the radio program concentrated on biographies of all types of pioneers. The Hallmark Hall of Fame became the home of Lionel Barrymore's annual performance of "A Christmas Carol". The November 21, 1954, episode was a tribute to Barrymore who passed away on November 15 at the age of 76.

    Hall of Fame left the radio after the 1954-55 season, and abandoned the weekly schedule on television. Although it does not have a regularly weekly schedule, The Hallmark Hall of Fame is considered TV's longest running series and is the last to keep the sponsor's name in the title.

    Hallmark Hall of Fame presented dramatizations of true stories about little known people who contributed to making life better. People like Cyrus Field who connected the North America and Europe by laying telegraph across the Atlantic Ocean in 1858 or Mary Ann Bickerdyke who set up over 300 hospitals during the Civil War, clean up existing hospitals along the way.

    If you like dramatizations, you may also enjoy: American Adventure, An American in England, Cavalcade of America, Better Living Radio Theater, Cavalcade of Kings, Freedom's People, Horizon's West, and Words at War.

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    51 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 24 hours, 37 min
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    Volume 1 - 26 shows - total playtime 12 hours 57 minutes
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    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530322 07 Nathaniel Pitt Langford.mp3
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530329 08 Cyrus Field.mp3
    3. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530405 09 Katherine Booth Salv Army.mp3
    4. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530412 10 Henry Chadwick Father BBall.mp3
    5. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530419 11 William Dunlap Father Drama.mp3
    6. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530426 12 John Mcdonough Free Edc Poor.mp3
    7. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530503 13 Mark Carleton.mp3
    8. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530510 14 Mary Washington.mp3
    9. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530517 15 Frederic Tudor.mp3
    10. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530524 16 Hannibal Goodwin.mp3
    11. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530531 17 W. Freeland Kendrick.mp3
    12. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530913 18 Sam Houston.mp3
    13. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530920 19 George Gershwin.mp3
    14. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530927 20 Marcus Whitman.mp3
    15. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531004 21 Major William F Dean.mp3
    16. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531011 22 Edwin L Drake.mp3
    17. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531025 24 Robert Livingston.mp3
    18. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531101 25 Mary Ann Bickerdyke.mp3
    19. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531108 26 Sheldon Jackson.mp3
    20. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531115 27 William Newton Byers.mp3
    21. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531122 28 Squanto, Cockney Indian.mp3
    22. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531129 29 Benjamin Franklin.mp3
    23. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531206 30 Major Charles Yeager.mp3
    24. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531213 31 Alfred Nobel.mp3
    25. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531220 32 Christmas Carol.mp3
    26. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531227 33 Henry Byrd.mp3
    Volume 2 - 25 shows - total playtime 11 hours 39 minutes
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    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540103 34 Tom Mix.mp3
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540110 35 William Allen White.mp3
    3. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540117 36 Mark Twain.mp3
    4. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540124 37 Lord Robert Powell.mp3
    5. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540131 38 Madame Curie.mp3
    6. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540207 39 Lee Deforest.mp3
    7. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540214 40 Mary Todd Lincoln.mp3
    8. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540221 41 Simon Bolivar.mp3
    9. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540228 42 Bernard Baruch.mp3
    10. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540502 51 Miller Huggins.mp3
    11. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540509 52 Albert Schweitzer.mp3
    12. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540516 53 Damon Runyon.mp3
    13. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540530 55 Four Chaplains.mp3
    14. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541017 56 Theodore Roosevelt.mp3
    15. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541024 57 Knute Rockne.mp3
    16. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541031 58 Captain James Cook.mp3
    17. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541107 59 William Harvey.mp3
    18. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541114 60 Rebecca Dorsey.mp3
    19. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541121 61 Lionel Barrymore.mp3
    20. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541128 62 Daniel.mp3
    21. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541205 63 Wyatt Earp.mp3
    22. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541212 64 Sarah Siddons.mp3
    23. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541219 65 Christmas Carol.mp3
    24. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541226 66 J Edgar Hoover.mp3
    25. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 550102 67 Lief Erickson.mp3
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    51 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 24 hours, 37 min
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    Volume 1 - 26 shows - total playtime 12 hours 57 minutes
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    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530322 07 Nathaniel Pitt Langford.mp3
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530329 08 Cyrus Field.mp3
    3. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530405 09 Katherine Booth Salv Army.mp3
    4. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530412 10 Henry Chadwick Father BBall.mp3
    5. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530419 11 William Dunlap Father Drama.mp3
    6. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530426 12 John Mcdonough Free Edc Poor.mp3
    7. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530503 13 Mark Carleton.mp3
    8. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530510 14 Mary Washington.mp3
    9. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530517 15 Frederic Tudor.mp3
    10. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530524 16 Hannibal Goodwin.mp3
    11. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530531 17 W. Freeland Kendrick.mp3
    12. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530913 18 Sam Houston.mp3
    13. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530920 19 George Gershwin.mp3
    14. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530927 20 Marcus Whitman.mp3
    15. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531004 21 Major William F Dean.mp3
    16. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531011 22 Edwin L Drake.mp3
    17. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531025 24 Robert Livingston.mp3
    18. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531101 25 Mary Ann Bickerdyke.mp3
    19. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531108 26 Sheldon Jackson.mp3
    20. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531115 27 William Newton Byers.mp3
    21. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531122 28 Squanto, Cockney Indian.mp3
    22. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531129 29 Benjamin Franklin.mp3
    23. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531206 30 Major Charles Yeager.mp3
    24. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531213 31 Alfred Nobel.mp3
    25. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531220 32 Christmas Carol.mp3
    26. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531227 33 Henry Byrd.mp3
    Volume 2 - 25 shows - total playtime 11 hours 39 minutes
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    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540103 34 Tom Mix.mp3
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540110 35 William Allen White.mp3
    3. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540117 36 Mark Twain.mp3
    4. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540124 37 Lord Robert Powell.mp3
    5. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540131 38 Madame Curie.mp3
    6. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540207 39 Lee Deforest.mp3
    7. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540214 40 Mary Todd Lincoln.mp3
    8. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540221 41 Simon Bolivar.mp3
    9. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540228 42 Bernard Baruch.mp3
    10. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540502 51 Miller Huggins.mp3
    11. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540509 52 Albert Schweitzer.mp3
    12. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540516 53 Damon Runyon.mp3
    13. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540530 55 Four Chaplains.mp3
    14. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541017 56 Theodore Roosevelt.mp3
    15. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541024 57 Knute Rockne.mp3
    16. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541031 58 Captain James Cook.mp3
    17. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541107 59 William Harvey.mp3
    18. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541114 60 Rebecca Dorsey.mp3
    19. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541121 61 Lionel Barrymore.mp3
    20. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541128 62 Daniel.mp3
    21. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541205 63 Wyatt Earp.mp3
    22. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541212 64 Sarah Siddons.mp3
    23. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541219 65 Christmas Carol.mp3
    24. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541226 66 J Edgar Hoover.mp3
    25. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 550102 67 Lief Erickson.mp3
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    51 recordings on 26 Audio CDs
    total playtime 24 hours, 37 min

    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A001

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530322 07 Nathaniel Pitt Langford
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530329 08 Cyrus Field

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A002

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530405 09 Katherine Booth Salv Army
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530412 10 Henry Chadwick Father BBall

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A003

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530419 11 William Dunlap Father Drama
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530426 12 John Mcdonough Free Edc Poor

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A004

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530503 13 Mark Carleton
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530510 14 Mary Washington

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A005

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530517 15 Frederic Tudor
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530524 16 Hannibal Goodwin

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A006

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530531 17 W. Freeland Kendrick
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530913 18 Sam Houston

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A007

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530920 19 George Gershwin
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530927 20 Marcus Whitman

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A008

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531004 21 Major William F Dean
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531011 22 Edwin L Drake

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A009

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531025 24 Robert Livingston
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531101 25 Mary Ann Bickerdyke

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A010

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531108 26 Sheldon Jackson
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531115 27 William Newton Byers

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A011

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531122 28 Squanto, Cockney Indian
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531129 29 Benjamin Franklin

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A012

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531206 30 Major Charles Yeager
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531213 31 Alfred Nobel

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A013

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531220 32 Christmas Carol
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531227 33 Henry Byrd

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A014

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540103 34 Tom Mix
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540110 35 William Allen White

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A015

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540117 36 Mark Twain
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540124 37 Lord Robert Powell

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A016

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540131 38 Madame Curie
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540207 39 Lee Deforest

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A017

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540214 40 Mary Todd Lincoln
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540221 41 Simon Bolivar

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A018

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540228 42 Bernard Baruch
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540502 51 Miller Huggins

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A019

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540509 52 Albert Schweitzer
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540516 53 Damon Runyon

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A020

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540530 55 Four Chaplains
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541017 56 Theodore Roosevelt

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A021

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541024 57 Knute Rockne
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541031 58 Captain James Cook

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A022

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541107 59 William Harvey
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541114 60 Rebecca Dorsey

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A023

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541121 61 Lionel Barrymore
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541128 62 Daniel

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A024

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541205 63 Wyatt Earp
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541212 64 Sarah Siddons

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A025

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541219 65 Christmas Carol
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541226 66 J Edgar Hoover

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    Hallmark Hall of Fame Disc A026

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 550102 67 Lief Erickson

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