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Henry Heye Tammen (1856-1924)

Henry Heye Tammen (1856-1924), was born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 6, 1856, the son of a German immigrant pharmacist. He attended Knapps Academy in Baltimore, then worked in Philadelphia before moving to Denver in 1880. With his partner Charles A. Stuart he worked as a Denver bartender in 1880, and in 1881 they established the firm of H.H. Tammen & Co. (which in 1896 became the H.H. Tammen Curio Co., with partners Carl Litzenberger and Joseph Cox ) in Denver, Colorado. Deeply interested in the study of mineralogy, he published a promotional journal called Western Echoes magazine, "Devoted to Mineralogy, Natural History, Botany, &c. &c." Volume 1 number 1 is copyrighted 1882.

Tammen produced Santa Catalina Island post cards as well as sterling silver spoons: TAMMEN CATALINA SOUVENIR SPOONS

In 1895 Tammen formed a partnership with F.G. Bonfils (whom he had met at the Chicago World's Fair) and they became co-owners and co-editors of the Denver Post. Their publishing business flourished, and Tammen's business successes made him a wealthy man. In 1917 Buffalo Bill Cody happened to die while in Denver, and Tammen (one of the city's biggest boosters) offered Cody's widow $10,000 if she would allow Cody to be buried in Denver; she accepted, and the ensuing funeral procession drew 50,000 people. He established the H.H. Tammen Trust in 1924, providing essential health care for children of families who cannot afford to pay. Tammen died July 19, 1924. The H.H. Tammen Curio Co. was in business until 1953, and possibly as late as 1962.


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  • Santa Catalina Island Folding Post Card, unidentified publisher, cover 7670 & 7684, with 22 double-sided H. H. T. Co. views:
7663. General View of Avalon Bay, Santa Catalina Island, Cal.
7668. Main Street and Aquarium, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, Cal.
7675. A Half-Day Catch of Leaping Tuna, Santa Catalina Island, Cal.
7666. Glass Bottom Power Boat Empress, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, Cal.
7684. Sugar Loaf, Avalon Bay, Santa Catalina Island, Cal.
7681. Water Front of Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, Cal.
7672. Greek Amphitheater Avalon., Santa Catalina Island, Cal.
7678. Pebble Beach, Santa Catalina Island, Cal.
7674. Bath House, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, Cal.
7677. Black Bass Caught With Rod and Reel, Santa Catalina Island, Cal.
7664. Hotel Metropole, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, Cal.

6033. Avalon Bay, Santa Catalina Island, Cal. (verso)
7669. Golf Links, Santa Catalina Island, Cal. (verso)
7683. Sword Fish Caught at Santa Catalina Island, Cal. Weight 292 lbs., Time 25 Minutes. (verso)
7667. Avalon Bay in Summer, Santa Catalina Island, Cal. (verso)
7676. Sugar Loaf Rock by Moonlight, Santa Catalina Island, Cal. (verso)
7680. Avalon, Looking South, Santa Catalina Island, Cal. (verso)
7682. Flying Fish, Santa Catalina Island, Cal. (verso)
7679. Stage Road, Santa Catalina Island, Cal. (verso)
7671. Avalon and Bay from the Hill, Santa Catalina Island, Cal. (verso)
7670. Seals on the Rocks, Santa Catalina Island, Cal. (verso)
7673. Descanso Canyon, Banning's Residence, Santa Catalina Island, Cal. (verso)

  • Santa Catalina Island Folding Post Card, unidentified publisher, sepia Sugar Loaf Rock cover, with 20 double-sided H. H. T. Co. views:
7663. General View of Avalon Bay, Santa Catalina Island, Calif.
15305. Hotel Atwater, Santa Catalina Island, Calif.
15065. One Days Catch of Yellow Tail.
7666. Glass Bottom Power Boat Empress, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, Calif.
7679. Stage Road, Santa Catalina Island, Cal.
15201. Hotel St. Catherine, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California
7672. Greek Amphitheater Avalon., Santa Catalina Island, Cal.
7671. Avalon and Bay from the Hill, Santa Catalina Island, Calif.
7677. Black Bass Caught With Rod and Reel, Santa Catalina Island, California
5505. Watching Flying Fish by Night, Santa Catalina Island, California

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15022. Sugar Loaf, Avalon Bay, Santa Catalina Island, California. (verso)
7669. Golf Links, Santa Catalina Island, California. (verso)
15122. Sword Fish Caught at Catalina Island, Calif. (verso)
15050. Old Ben, Pet Seal of Catalina
7676. Sugar Loaf Rock by Moonlight, Santa Catalina Island, Calif. (verso)
15154. Island Villa, Avalon, Catalina Island, Calif. (verso)
7682. Flying Fish, Santa Catalina Island, Calif. (verso)
15024. Fishing from Rocks, Avalon Bay, Catalina Island, California. (verso)
15151. Catalina Island Tuna Club, Avalon, Catalina Island (verso)
15051. Seals on the Rocks, Santa Catalina Island, Calif. (verso)