Saturday Evening Post : July 21, 1900
" A WOMAN OF THE HOUR "
I still get a bang out finding new old things that have a Knapp connection. This one has several plus a personal musical Spoonytunes favorite.
The Saturday Evening Post,was according to its publisher Cyrus H . K . Curtis (1850 -1933) descended from the Pennsylvania Gazette, first published in 1728 by Ben Franklin. At the turn of century the Post was one of the few survivors still going strong and a leading weekly magazine at the end of the 19th Century and as you know all through the 20th and it is still going today.
As for the Knapp connections ? ..... glad you ask ..... hang on.... you see Edward Bok (1863 - 1930 ), was the grandfather of Gordon Bok a favorite musician - folk artist of mine for over 30 some years now. Edward Bok got his start in publishing from one Joseph P. Knapp who wasn't publishing anything at the time .... he was still in his own word a "just a printer." Edward ever the enterprising self educated Dutch immigrant, approached J. P. Knapp in the 1880's at the Knapp Co. Originally offering just an idea he had....that of writing bio's for the back of the pictures of famous people ( Civil War Generals, Opera Singers, Stage Actors, Baseball players, World Leaders etc. ) that Knapp was printing for his pal James B. Duke of the American Tobacco Co. to insert in packs of Duke cigarettes.
Knapp loved the idea and paid Bok $10.00 a piece for the first 100 bios. An amazing sum for the time. Soon the Knapp Co. was calling for more and more bios from Bok and Edward hired his brother to help him, therefore becoming a defacto editor. And as J. P. Knapp recalled in Bok's 1920 autobiography The Americanization of Edward Bok... "I therefore gave Bok his start on his literary career"
Some years later,Edward Bok married Mary Curtis, daughter of Cyrus H. K. and Louisa Knapp Curtis. Louisa Knapp Curtis was at the time the editor of Ladies Home Journal. When she turned over her editor's chair to Bok, he became a literary icon as the head of that magazine.
J. P. Knapp did not get into the magazine publishing business until 1906, and when he bought Collier's in 1917, the competitor in him used to get very frustrated because Collier's always remained number two in circulation to the Saturday Evening Post.
But what does that have to do with " The Woman Of The Hour" who appeared in The Saturday Evening Post's pages, six years before J. P. Knapp ever published a magazine you ask?
Well Just Look !
( BTW Look Magazine took over Collier's subscribers when Collier's ceased publishing in 1957)
PHOEBE PALMER KNAPP
Your "Know Knappster " if you have to ask who Phoebe was.
LINKS TO THE PHOEBE KNAPP PAGES
Before You Go Home , Did You Do As Her Grandson Dodi Asks On The Home Page?
"HIT THE LINKS".... THOSE UNDERLINED WORDS IN THE TEXT....KNOW TELLING WHAT YOU MAY FIND!
Just For The Fun Of It.... Here Are a Few Ads From The July 21, 1900 Edition Of
THE SATURDAY EVENING POST