Vintage Winchester Mystery House Souvenir
An incredible relic from the 1930's, this tiny souvenir envelope contains 18 black and white photo prints of the interior and exterior of the Winchester Mystery House, and even includes the only known photo of Sarah Winchester herself!• Vintage 1930's
• Prints Measure 2" x 3"
• 18 Mini Prints Included
• Envelope Measures 4.75" x 3.5"
A little Winchester Mansion history...
The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion in San Jose, California, that was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of firearms magnate William Wirt Winchester.
After her husband's death from tuberculosis in 1881, Sarah Winchester inherited more than US$20.5 million (equivalent to $576 million in 2022). She also received nearly 50% ownership of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, giving her an income of roughly $1,000 per day, equivalent to $28,000 a day in 2022.
After her infant daughter and her husband died, a psychic medium—supposedly channeling the spirit of her late husband— told her that she should leave her home in New Haven and travel West, where she must continuously build a home for herself and the spirits of people who had fallen victim to Winchester rifles.
She left Connecticut and headed for California and in 1884 purchased an unfinished farmhouse in the Santa Clara Valley and began building her mansion. Before the 1906 earthquake, the house had been seven stories high although today it is only four stories, and many of the "strange" architectural choices, such as stairs and doors leading to nowhere, were a result of repairs made after the earthquake.
Environmental psychologists have theorized that the house's odd layout itself contributes to the feeling that it was haunted.