FEBRUARY IS KNAPP MONTH
It's been a tradition on this website for many years. The birth of Joseph Fairchild Knapp who had the Knapp Mansion and estate in Mastic Beach was on Feb 3,1892 That same week his father Joseph Palmer Knapp announced to the world the start of American Lithographic Co. The first conglomerate printing firm that became worlds largest very in short order. And of course there was the Knapp mansion fire on Feb 15, 1959 which has a whole lot to do with why this website was put together.
This year we have four prints from the 1890's all by Walter Granville Smith,who was the Knapp's Bellport neighbor when they lived there from 1893 - 1912. These prints appeared in Knapp's TRUTH magazine 1890-1907 and all mirror aspects of the Knapp's lives.