Title: Hallmark Senior Artist
Date started at Hallmark: 1967
Date started at Keepsakes: 1987
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Don Palmiter first got behind the wheel of his brother’s pedal car at age 2. From that moment on, he was a car guy. Today that car guy goes to conventions and auctions. He even has his share of impulse purchases. But Don has never actually restored a car. Instead, he sculpts Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments. He says it’s a better investment.The beloved Hallmark Kiddie Car Classics collection was originally introduced in 1992 and consisted of miniature, die-cast metal replicas of full-sized pedal cars that were produced from the 1920s through the 1960s. The popular line quickly expanded to include Don’s Customs, Sidewalk Cruisers, accessories, ornaments and more. But in 2001, the Kiddie Car Classics program was retired, and it’s been greatly missed ever since. So after 15 years, the line will relaunch for Father’s Day with four new versions of popular Kiddie Car Classics designs, as well as a coordinating Keepsake Ornament for each.
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