The Knapp Electric and Novelty Company was not a utility, but rather a toy and game manufacturer founded in 1895 in New York City by inventor David W. Knapp. The company moved to 3029 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis in the 1930s. Knapp specialized in electric motors, electric toy automobiles, board games, shocking coils, dynamos, toy trains, and magic kits. The company’s most popular game was probably The Knapp Questioner, manufactured from the 1890s through the late 1940s. This battery-operated quiz game advertised that it supplied “Answers by Electricity” (a great novelty in toys of the early 20th century). A correct answer to a question would elicit a buzz when contact was made with probes between question-and-answer studs on heavy paper over-lays. The game usually came with a number of question and answer sheets that Knapp also sold separately with subjects covering literature, nature, history, science, religion, current events and more.
The Knapps, in association with P.R. Mallory, also manufactured a range of electric items other than games while in Indianapolis including automobile fans, electric popcorn poppers, irons, coffee pots, small electric motors, toy motors, vaporizers, blenders, mixers and electric blankets.
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