Department 56

Department 56 - Clark and Rusty Continue Tradion Decor

Amidst the jovial banter and magical memories, the idea for a lighted Christmas village was born. That spark of an idea became a reality when, in 1976, Department 56 introduced a series of six hand-painted, ceramic buildings. The rest is history. Over thirty years ago, Department 56 began as part of Bachman's, a premiere retail florist in Minneapolis. Bachman's used a numbering system to identify each of its departments. The number assigned to wholesale gift importsn's used a numbering system to identify each of its departments. The number assigned to wholesale gift imports division was, you guessed it, 56. read more