Has anyone every seen or have any photos of the Exterior and/or Interior of the Original Winchester Stores?
Old Catalogs I have note the addresses as "312 Broadway, New York" AND "127-135 First St., San Francisco Cal".
Thanks for the reply Pauline. I loaned my copy of your book to my father, so when I get it back, I’ll have to give it a look.
I just figured as long as these stores had been open and having such a prominent place in doing factory business, that there should be some surviving photos of them some where.
February 16, 2009
Along those lines, around 20-25 years ago I bought the inventory of a sporting goods store in Anaheim, CA. There were some great photos of the interior of that store which the descendant naturally kept. I had a beautiful old Winchester wall clock along with a truck and trailer full of NOS lures, shotshell boxes, counter and window displays, calendars, murals, fishing, hunting and gun catalogs, reels, rods, etc., etc.. The inventory dated from around 1905 to 1977 when the store closed due to rerouting of the city streets. (one way) Still have numerous "Wisser Sporting Goods" stamped papers and catalogs.
The store started out I believe as a saloon and switched to sporting goods when prohibition began.
Does anyone remember this Anaheim sporting goods store?
Another tid bit. I figured what the heck I would google the address and see if at least there happen to be the original building still standing there.
The California store site is a construction site. The problems with the New York address, I’m not sure if it refers to Manhattan, Queens, or Brooklyn. I am assuming its for Manhattan. There is a newer building at the Manhattan address. The Brooklyn address is a empty lot. There is an older building at the Queens address that is currently a bank. So unsure what used to be at the Queens address but I doubt this is correct for the turn of the century store.
Seems to be no luck with looking the address up. But I figured the building housing the store would of been long gone anyway. Oh well worth a try.
Its hard to believe looking back now that both these cities were the main fronts for selling Winchester Firearms.