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Olympia Sales Celebrates 50 Years this Month

Olympia Sales Inc, parent company of Fravessi, Paper Street and Enfield Stationers turns the big 5-0 this month! My Dad, founder Art O'Hara started in March 1966, with the idea of helping kids learn about sales while earning awesome gifts. Back then, kids were allowed to go door-to-door (imagine that!) selling greeting cards to their neighbors. The warehouse in Enfield, CT was filled with the great prizes that kids would see on the backs of comic books and boy's magazines: bikes, scooters, radios, tents - all the things that dreams were made of. Enterprising boys and girls were given catalogs of the products and pamphlets with help from Captain O to encourage them to learn about the world of sales.

In those days, boxed Christmas greeting cards were the thing that sold. Greeting card artists were like rock stars: the best ones were hot in demand. The artists would work in watercolor or gouache. Some images are timeless; others capture the era in which they were made with perfect clarity. We'd like to share with you some of those great vintage pieces from Olympia's past, as well as artwork from our Fravessi collection, so that these works can be enjoyed in our time.

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May 26, 2016

VintageFravessi

The Olympia Sales Club will restart as an online "affiliate" program June 1, 2016.

March 21, 2016

Pamela_d_mcadams

I used to sell Olympia. Taught me lots of great skills, and got a lot of those great prizes.

March 16, 2016

VintageFravessi

Thanks!

March 16, 2016

Mariayunira

So inspiring article.. And your portfolio contains a lot of beautiful drawings! Congrats and best luck on sales! Cheers..

March 15, 2016

Picstudio

Congratulations!

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