Joyce Clyde

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Joyce Clyde was born in David City, Nebraska back in 1891 to George and Nancy.  His father died when he was seven.  To help support the family he started selling door-to-door with a company that would later be known as Avon Products.  In 1905, Joyce and his brother invested $540.00 to buy picture postcards that he could sell to store owners.

In 1910, he moved to Kansas City, Missouri with just two shoeboxes’ full of postcards.  Three years later they had opened a store selling postcards and greeting cards.  He bought an engraving machine making his own cards.  He died in 1982, he was 91.

Don’t recognize the name, how about if I add his last name of Hall?  Still confused, I’ll go one step further and add the name of his company, Hallmark Cards.  This is truly an American success story.

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Comments (19)

Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

"When you care enough to send the very best". As little kids, when we made cards for our grandparents, we always drew the Hallmark crown on the back. :-)

May 26, 2020 02:42 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I doubt if there's anyone in the country who has not contributed to his wealth...

Joyce C. Hall | Biography & Facts | Britannica

May 26, 2020 03:01 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

And here I thought you'd be introducting us to an amazing woman, James! Whatever! Joyce Clyde was pretty amazing, himself. Had no idea about the founding of Hallmark Cards even thought I've bought many of their cards over my lifetime.

May 26, 2020 04:19 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Sometimes you have to play with the cards you are dealt. Sometimes you print your own. Enjoy your day!

May 26, 2020 04:25 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

this is a very nice story of American success and a dream realized! THanks for sharing

May 26, 2020 04:39 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I bought so many of his cards I should have a office named for me.

May 26, 2020 04:54 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I figured it out without the last clues!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 26, 2020 05:11 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - that is amazing.  So now we know the rest of the story.

May 26, 2020 05:52 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I love stories like this James Dray as it shows that anyone with determination and even a simple idea can live the American dream.

May 26, 2020 06:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have a great day!

May 26, 2020 06:27 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Joyce C Hall.jpg

Joyce C. Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards
Joyce Clyde Hall

August 29, 1891
Died October 29, 1982 (aged 91)
Nationality American
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1900–1966
Known for Founder of Hallmark Cards
Children Donald J. Hall Sr.
Parent(s) George Nelson Hall
Nancy Dudley Houston
May 26, 2020 06:28 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - as I continued to read your post, I started to guess his "beyond the story" - you're right, his is an American success story.  

May 26, 2020 06:37 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

A great American story. The only place on earth that stories like this continue to happen.

May 26, 2020 07:12 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't think I have ever ordered from Avon, but Hallmark is very popular with my Mom.

May 26, 2020 07:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

That is quite a success story. Even if you never used them most likely know Avon. And who hasn't bought a Hallmark card at least once?


May 26, 2020 08:45 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story of success, and Hallmark is definitely an American story.  Wishing you a great abbreviated week.  A

May 26, 2020 10:28 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- a true American success story!  I had an idea who he was when I saw that he moved to Kansas City. 

May 26, 2020 03:48 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That was a real investment. I hope it happens to me someday!

Happy Tuesday James Dray 

May 26, 2020 11:44 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I've bought many of the cards, ornaments and love the Hallmark channel!

May 29, 2020 05:35 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Yes! Truly an American success story! Driven by a need to help his family at a very young age, Joyce Clyde found success through drive and creativity.


Jun 18, 2020 04:53 PM