Descanso Canyon

Descanso Canyon PostcardDescanso Canyon on Catalina Island, published by H.H. Tammen Curio Co. The home nestled within the canyon was the residence of Hancock Banning, one of three brothers who were instrumental in the development of Catalina Island. Constructed in 1895, the home was later moved to make room for the Hotel St. Catherine. On the back:

The island of Catalina is mountainous and noted, among other things, for its picturesque scenery as well as its remarkable calm and clear water. Descanso Canyon is one of the island’s beautiful canyons and contains a beautiful residence that is the delight of everyone who beholds it.

Stage Road

Catalina Island PostcardPublished by the H.H. Tammen Curio Co., this divided back postcard shows Stage Road on Catalina Island. On the back:

Catalina is a mountainous island about thirty miles in length and twenty-five miles from the mainland of California. All over the island one finds delightful roads that at every turn greet one with a new view of entrancing beauty.

Hotel Metropole

Hotel Metropole PostcardFirst constructed in 1888, the Hotel Metropole as seen here was destroyed by fire on Nov. 29, 1915. The fire, which started in the back of the Metropole, ravaged half of the resort town of Avalon. A smaller 48 room structure was built on the same site and is still in operation today. The divided-back card was published by Van Ornum Colorprint Co. and printed by Newman Post Card Co.

The House That Chewing Gum Built

Wrigley Residence PostcardThe Catalina Island home of William Wrigley, Jr., renowned chewing gum magnate. Besides this impressive estate, Wrigley also owned a winter home in Arizona, the Wrigley Mansion, and the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. Investing in more than just real estate, Wrigley was also owner of the Chicago Cubs. This linen postcard was produced by Western Publishing & Novelty.