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Catalog Number L1990.0116.Q.0162(2)
Object Name Booklet
Scope & Content This is a black and white informational and advertising booklet about the Knight and Huntress Store located in Laconia, as well as other well known locations and businesses in Laconia in the 1800s.

On the front cover is a black and white photograph of the Knight & Huntress Business. In the photograph in the foreground is Main Street with an automobile parked on the right. There is a sidewalk running parallel to the street. Main Street intersects another street on the far left. The Knight & Huntress Building/Store is in the center middleground. The store has large arched display windows along the front as well as the main entrance. There is a long stretch of awnings above the windows. There are additional smaller arched windows along the second level of the building. Also on the front on the second story is lettering stating "Dry Goods, Knight & Huntress, Garments". On the third level are dormers and a gambrel roof. On the far right is a lower section of the building which housed at one time the Laconia Market Company. This section has larger awnings across the lower front windows. In the background on the far left is the J.W. Busiel Mill with its tower and cupola on the top front side.

Above the picture on the front cover is printed : "Your servents for fifty-six years..."

Below the picture on the front cover is printed : "The Knight & Huntress Co." and "To observe our anniversary we tender this book of reminiscences to our many friends, Laconia, N.H."

Inside the booklet on the back side of the front cover is printed :
"A Store of Service. The word service is a great big word and means very much in every field of endeavor, but especially in a retail dry goods and garment store, such as ours, it is a word on which success or failure so much depends. What we can do to help our customers is the keystone of our business. It is not our policy to promise but - rather to do. Let us be of service to you. Knight & Huntress Co."

On page 1 is printed a paragraph inviting people to visit the store and explore their quality and goods. Also included on the page are flower shaped decorations on the top and bottom.

On page 2 is printed the beginning of the article entitled : "Memoires of Main Street", By William F. Knight. Also on the page is a small black and white photograph of Main Street in Laconia with the caption "The Old Perley Corner on Main Street".

On page 3 is a black and white portrait photograph of William F.Knight dressed in a suit and tie and glasses.

On page 4 is the continuation of the article "Memoires of Main Street". Included on the page is a black and white photograph of Main Street in Laconia entitled "Main Street, before Smith's Block was Erected".

On page 5 is a black and white portrait photograph of Hamlin Huntress wearing a suit and tie and glasses.

On page 6 is the continuation of the article "Memoires of Main Street" and a small black and white photograph entitled "The Old Messer Bridge".

On page 7 are two black and white photographs. The top is of the Old Red House with the caption "The Old Red House, formerly on Pleasant Street". The bottom picture is of the Old Tucker House entitled "The Old Tucker House, formerly on Mill Street."

On page 8 is the continuation of the article "Memoires of Main Street" and a black and white photograph of the Mitchell and Mallard Blocks in Laconia entitled "The Old Mitchell and Mallard Blocks".

On page 9 is printed an advertisement for Knight & Huntress stating :
"This was our first advertisement which read as follows :
W.F. Knight & Co. Do a Cash Business in Dry Goods, Woolens, Boots, Shoes and Millinery. And invite all in want of Fall and Winter Goods to call and look over our stock." Also printed on the page below is "The editor made the following note. W.F. Knight & Co. have purchased the stock in trade of R.K. Parker, corner Main and Mill streets and have added thereto a lot of new and fresh goods adapted for fall and winter wear and offer them at lowest prices. We feel confident in saying that the popularity of the late proprietor will be kept good in the hands of the new firm. Mr. Knight is a young man, enterprising and industrious and of strict integrity."

On page 10 is the continuation of the article "Memoires of Main Street" and a black and white photograph of Depot Square entitled "Depot Square Before the Construction of the New Depot".

On page 11 is an advertisement describing women's dresses at Knight & Huntress. Also included on the page is a small sketch of a woman wearing a long dress and decorative hat.

On page 12 is the continuation of the article "Memoires of Main Street" including a black and white photograph of the Cerro Gordo House entitled "The Cerro Gordo House, burned 1860".

On page 13 is an advertisement describing women's clothing with a heading stating "New Fall Silks and Woolens for Dresses are wonderfully interseting". Also included on the page is a sketch of two women in dresses with fabric draped around them.

On page 14 is the contunuation and end of the article "Memoires of Main Street".

On page 15 is an advertisement describing corsets and hosiery at Knight & Huntress. Included on the page is a sketch of fabric, hosiery, and scarves.

On page 16 is the beginning of the article entitled "Fifty-Six Years of Continuous Service".

On page 17 is an advertisment describing window draperies available at Knight & Huntress.

On page 18 is the continuation of the article "Fifty-Six Years of Continuous Service".

On page 19 is an advertisement describing the linen and cotton goods, blankets, robes, etc. available at Knight & Huntress.

On page 20 is the end of the article entitled "Fifty-Six Years of Continous Service".

On the inside of the back cover is printed an advertisement describing the children's department at Knight & Huntress. Included on the page is a sketch of two young girls wearing coats with fur trimming and hats.

On the back cover is printed an advertisement for the new coats and suits available at Knight & Huntress. Included on the page is a sketch of a woman wearing a long jacket with fur trimming and a hat.



Title "The Knight & Huntress Co."
Earliest Date 1800
Latest Date 1900
Repository From the collections of Laconia Public Library
People Unknown People
Unknown Men
Unknown Women
Knight, William F.
Huntress, Hamlin
Search Terms Laconia
Main Street
Bank Square
Knight and Huntress (Dry Goods)
Perley Block
Smith Block
Messer Street Bridge
Messer Street
Old Red House
Old Tucker House
Mill Street
Pleasant Street
Mitchell Block
Mitchell & Mallard Druggist
Mallard Block
Dinsmoor
Masonic Temple
Masonic Block
Depot Square
Cerro Gordo House
Subjects 1800s
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