from the

Spooner Collection


I've never been big on collecting things, but this Knapp Story has really caught my attention. They were one of the largest printers in America and I was amazed at how much stuff they printed, well over 120 years ago, is still around. Here is some of their work I have collected over the past few months.

This Print "The Fishermans Home" by M. Delecroix was printed by Knapp Litho around 1888. It appeared in Sunday Supplements to many newspapers throughout America. Joseph Palmer Knapp was the idea man behind syndicated Sunday News magazines. Click On Photo To View

"Roses Rare" was part of a border of an ink blotter

circa 1888 -1900

They were one of the largest printers of sheet music

Mary hit the music stores around 1918

Of Course Having A Songwriter In The Family Gives You

Reason To Fire Up The Press Too

Click On The Music To Really


Trade Cards Were A Huge Part Of All Incarnations Of The Knapp Litho Business. Many originals are still out there along with many reproductions. Some are marked Major & Knapp, Joseph Knapp, Joseph P Knapp & Knapp Co. etc and some are not marked. Here are a few originals all over 100 years old.



Above: Repro Tin Sign

Below : Dr. Jaynes Trade Card 1890's

Little Red Riding Hood Was A Very Successfull Stock Image The Knapp's Used Quite Often Including for their company Metropolitan Life.... It seems to still have some influence as is apparant from this Metropolitan Ad from Sept 2001