Colorado State Archives
Historic Postcard Collection
The 838 postcards that make up the Colorado State Archive's Postcard
Collection are excellent photographic resources for visual representations
of Colorado tourism and daily life from 1900 to the present. The
collection's strengths are in public buildings, main street scenes, town
panoramas, amusements, and often focus on the changing forms of
transportation throughout the 21st century. The collection includes
material from all over Colorado, although the majority of postcards focus
on Denver and the "Moffat Road." Postcards provide a vision of how the
state not only looked to tourists, but how we as a state wanted to be
viewed. As such this collection of photographs is inherently important in
any study of Colorado and the changing face of its tourism industry.
The postcards digitized for this project, 415 in all, are accessible
using a thumbnail
index. If you are interested in obtaining
one of the postcards in our display for publication please contact the
Colorado State Archives. While viewing
the on-line collection is free, we require correspondence if you choose to
use our digitized collections on your web site or publication. We will be
happy to provide you with additional information concerning this
collection and the fees that are associated with doing research here.
One of the largest publishers of postcards in Colorado was the H. H.
Tammen Curio Company, located on 1516 Arapahoe Street as seen in the
postcard below. These cards are often identified by an Indian kneeling and
working with his hands, or by the other names like Williamson-Haffner and
Thayer. The company owned and operated by H. H. Tammen, Carl Litzenberger
and Joseph Cox opened its doors for business in 1896 and closed them in
1953. It is their work that the Colorado State Archives proudly displays
for you today.
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