RED LETTER DAYS, MONTHS & YEARS
"KNAPP, THE CALENDER MAN"
AMERICAN LITHOGRAPHIC CO. POCKET CALENDER FOR THE YEAR 1926
Calenders both big and small were but a small part of the Knapp publishing empire. Although from the latter 1800's through 1929, Knapp published them by the millions, and for many more calender publishers, Knapp supplied the stock artwork. That should give you a small idea of just how big their printing business was.
Here's an amusing example from a 1962 book titled " The Independant Man " by Keith Saunders . It is a history of his father W. O. Saunders, who ran a small town newspaper called The Indedependant in Elizabeth City , North Carolina from 1908 - 1937.
......In the summer and autumn of 1921, Dad learned of a certain wealthy sportsman who aquired an island of some 5000 acres in Currituck sound and was spending money lavishley improving the place. Mackey Island the retreat of question, was hardly more than 25 miles from Elizabeth City, and Dad wandered over there one day looking for a story. The owner was in New York and no one on the place seemed to know anything about him. They only knew him as "Mister Knapp" and had a vague idea that he was in the calender business. They called him "Knapp,The Calender Man" ................
Well Mr. Saunders was not satisfied with the scant facts he learned on that initial reporters trip he took, and went back to his office to look into just who this "Knapp , The Calender Man" was.... When I started this website in 2000 I too knew nothing about who "Mister Knapp" who once owned the mansion in my backyard in Mastic Beach, NY was either. As I well know by now , Mr Saunders got himself quite a story notwithstanding just the initial facts he found about Currituck's new part time resident. There is a very funny tale about Knapp's 40 Bulls and 2 Cows in this book... I plan on incorporating that story into my manuscript , that although I now know I can't possibly finish by years end, for various reasons including a fall off my roof in early November ...I am still satisfied that it's well on the way to a spectacular finish (just like my stunt from the roof) and will be ready to publish in 2008.
Well that said ....this will be the last "Knapps Lived Here" website entry for 2007. The little 1926 pocket calender shown above came into my possession around Thanksgiving time this year. 1926 was certainly a Red Letter Year, for many events associated with this entire website. Starting with the leadup month on December 15, 1925 and placed on the website this very day December 15, 2007, I have linked below some of a few Red Letter Days , that I have circled on this little gem . Just click on the dates below to see what they were all about .....