Although he was a very good printer, in 1803 his Lancaster print shop failed here with flying colors. Hütter's personal life was even more painful. His twin sons died two months apart at age 23 and 24. And his first two wives died too young.
But Hütter persevered. He moved his printing business to Easton and Allentown, where he found his success. And his surviving children grew up to create families and legacies that live on to this day. (The family history is Here.)
Please Buy Hütter's 8,000 Books. He Needs the Cash.
(Above: Click Image to Enlarge Hütter's Advertisment in his 1801 Almanac.)
Competition was stiff, here in Lancaster, for an immigrant Moravian printer in the early 1800s.
Christian Jacob Hütter had come here from Neudietendorf, Germany, in search of the American dream.
But unfortunately for Hütter, another Moravian printer named Johann Albrecht was already well established here as king of the print-shop roost. There simply was no room here for one more printer.
Hütter's print shop was at West King Street and Market Street, where he also printed his almanac: the Volks Calender (The People's Almanac.) Unfortunately, most Volks did not buy Hütter's books, newspapers, or almanacs. Despite his excellent advertisements.
In his 1801 almanac Hütter advertised 8,000 volumes of books for sale. (Sounds like unsold inventory.) One year later he even advertised his business in the 1802 almanac printed by his competitor Solomon Mäyer in nearby York.
To no avail. By 1803, Hütter's printing business and newspaper The Lancaster Correspondent, had lost $5,000.
But Hütter was no quitter. He moved his business to nearby Easton, where he found the success he had hoped for here in Lancaster. He beat the odds, beat his bankruptcy, and found his well-deserved American dream.
Above (Click to Enlarge) This is Hütter's advertisement for his printing business. The ad is in an 1802 almanac printed in nearby York by Solomon Mäyer. This 1802 almanac is rare; I have not found any other references to it.