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An anthropomorphized banana dances with a hat next to black text on an orange background. 

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to hang: fold C up under pin. 
to stand: insert B into A and lock. 
love dots 60AWB165-I PKT 7.
Hallmark Cards Inc.
K.C., Mo. 64141 Made in U.S.A.

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The phrase "go bananas" has its roots on American college campuses from the 1960s. It is believe the term evolved from "going ape" which meant to explode with anger or enthusiasm, much like the mammal counterpart.

Hallmark began in 1910 when Joyce Clyde Hall started selling postcards. He had little money—not even enough to take a horse-drawn cab to his lodgings at the YMCA—but he had an entrepreneurial spirit and the determination of a pioneer. Hall quickly made a name for himself with the picture postcards he sold. Rollie Hall joined his brother in business, and the company was named Hall Brothers. On January 11, 1915, a fire destroyed their office and inventory. They took the only salvageable item, their safe, and set up shop again. With $17,000 in debt, they decided to press onward. As postcard sales declined, they recognized the public’s desire for more privacy in their communication, so they started offering high-quality Valentine’s Day and Christmas cards mailed in envelopes. The fateful fire resulted in the Hall brothers’ decision to buy printing presses and begin producing their own greeting cards in 1915. Hallmark eventually made the move to manufacture and sell collectable memorabilia including pin-back buttons, most of which revolve around holidays and other special events.


Going bananas Idiom Definition – Grammarist. (2014). Retrieved 20 February 2021, from

Hallmark. (n.d.). Founding: 1910s.

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