THE KNAPP ELECTRIC COMPANY

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"UNCLE DAVE"

 

The first David Knapp (1710-1774) that turns up in the Knapp Geneaology was Joseph Fairchild's great grandfather. He lived his entire life in Greenwhich, Ct. The first born of his 9 children was David A. Knapp (1735-1812) and D A is probably the father of the David W . Knapp of New York City, who founded the Knapp Electric Company from 1895 - 1940's,(?) David the elder Knapp's children migrated to New York including Eben Knapp (1746-1824) who was Joseph Fairchild' grandfather.

The Knapp Electric Company was not a utility, it was a toy and game manufacturer. Probably it's most popular and long lived game was The Knapp Questioner... It was made from the 1890's on through the late 40's by David W. and his son David A. Knapp in three locations, New York City, Port Chester, NY (just to the north outside the city) 1928-1930 and then in Indianapolis, Indiana. After WW2 the Jac Mar Company of New Jersey acquired it and put out their version without the Knapp name on it in the early '50's. I'm reasonably sure my brother Butchie got one of those Jac Mar jobs for Christmas around 1952 or 3.

 

 

This version I now own, was made " back home in Indiana" during the depression. I think it sold for around $2.98. It's a reasonable assumption that one of the Knapp Litho companies supplied the printed material which really was 90% of the this first electronic game. I like the box design a lot. It sure was a long way to the Play Station. Long way even to PONG for that matter!

1930's Era

 

 

Here Is A Description Of The Game From A Toy Museum

Actually, The Electric Questioner is not an "electronic" game per se - but rather a forerunner of an "electric" game. It was made by the Knapp Electric Corporation, Port Chester, New York, USA, between 1928 and 1930. The game's creator, David W. Knapp, was an inventor who marketed battery operated games. It was made during a period of time in which the public was fascinated with the concepts of electricity and communications.

There are about three different box covers for this game. The original one, I believe what I have is #2 and then one or two more. I've seen the original on E Bay several times leading me to believe these Knapp's cranked em out like J . F and J.P did artwork.

 

ORIGINAL BOX 1890's - 1920's

 

1940's Versions

Jac Mar circa 1950

I'm ;ooking for a better pic or scan of this one If you have one please

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Another toy that had nothing to do with electricity was Krazy Ikes. Full page ads in The Saturday Evening Post and Ladies Home Journal were taken out to sell them. I got mine as a gift from a friend.

Krazy Ike Himself... Keepin' An Eye On Me From Atop The G4 Mac

 

Here's A Knapp Electric Motor circa 1910 used to power ?

a Knapp Electric Toy Car circa 1900

 

A magic set circa late 1920's

I wonder if I could use it to solve the Mansion Mystery?

 

One of the most interesting products and off shoots of Knapp Electric was the Game Of Finance and their involvement with the Parker Brothers. Briefly what happened was, David bought the game for $200.00 from it's original friend / inventor. He put a few out and in the meantime Parker Brothers paid a another guy a whole lot of money for the "original idea" that history and documents have proven was far from original. When Monopoly became a huge success. The real originals idea people came knocking on Parker's doorstep. They paid David W Knapp $10,000.00 dollars to go away. Others didn't fare as well. The entire story is documented on a website called WHO REALLY INVENTED MONOPOLY. Here is a shot of the Original and of the Parker Brothers Version of David Knapp's Game Of Finance That I Own ... I'm hoping to get a Knapp Original Version too as they are out there... One of the things that caught my eye right away on the Knapp Game Board was YE OLD MANOR right next to the VENETIAN LAGOON (Ft Lauderdale America's Venice)... "Shades of Dodi Knapp All The Way" There was a Dell Place on The Mastic Beach Beach Knapp estate too. The Denning's lived on it. Was it a case of a game imitating life?

 

 

 

Here Is My Parker Brothers Version

 

 

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