HAMBURGER ITEMS FIND PERMANENT HOME IN SEYMOUR
Hamburger Items find Permanent Home in Seymour
The world’s largest collection of hamburger related items has found a new home in the community museum/learning center in Seymour. Through the efforts of Jim Campbell, president of the Home of the Hamburger, the collection of Jeffrey Tennyson has been donated to the museum. Since Tennyson’s demise, the collection has been property of Monte Greges who worked with Campbell to ship the items from California. Greges feels the collection should be available to the public and is impressed with the facilities at the Seymour Community Museum.
Tennyson’s book, “Hamburger Heaven” (Hyperion, 1993), was a natural outgrowth of the collecting, and took a visual approach, reflecting Mr. Tennyson’s background as a magazine art director. A review in The Chicago Sun-Times called the pictures “enormously distracting,” clearly meaning that as a compliment. The total effect, the reviewer said, was to “chronicle a history of our clothing, our architecture, our cars, our tastes — along with our most relished sandwich.”
Many of the burger items are now on display. Tennyson, a graphic artist, fell in love with the burger that he called, “an American icon” as a youngster. His assortment of burger related items includes over 1,500 objects ranging from telephones to teapots. The total collection will be on display at the community museum during Burger Fest, August 10 and for the entire month of August.
Seymour, WI claims the title of “The Home of the Hamburger” based on the fact the Charlie Nagreen fashioned a meatball into a patty and called in a “Hamburger” at the Seymour Fair in 1885. For more information, access the Burger Fest site at www.homeofthehamburger.org.