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Boston Post

The January 16, 1919 front page
of The Boston Post
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Post Publishing Company
Founded 1831[1]
Language English
Ceased publication 1956
Headquarters

42 Congress Street Boston, Massachusetts; Corner Devonshire & Water Streets, Boston, Massachusetts;

15-17 Milk Street, Boston, Massachusetts  United States

The Boston Post was the most popular daily newspaper in New England for over a hundred years before it folded in 1956. The Post was founded in November 1831 by two prominent Boston businessmen, Charles G. Greene and William Beals.

By the 1930s, The Boston Post had grown to be one of the largest newspapers in the country, with a circulation of well over a million readers.

Throughout the 1940s, facing increasing competition from the Hearst-run papers in Boston and New York and from radio and television news, the paper began a decline from which it never recovered.

When it ceased publishing in October 1956, its daily circulation was 255,000 and Sunday circulation approximately 260,000.[2]

Former Contributors

Sunday Magazine

Appearing in the Sunday paper every week was a weekly magazine. It was called first The Sunday Magazine of The Boston Sunday Post and later The Boston Sunday Post Sunday Magazine.

Pulitzer Prizes

  • 1921 - Meritorious Public Service. The Boston Post was awarded the Pulitzer prize for its investigation and exposure of Charles Ponzi's financial fraud. It was the last Pulitzer won for public service awarded to a Boston paper until the Globe won it in 2003.

Boston Post Cane Tradition

In 1909, under the savvy ownership of Edwin A. Grozier, the Boston Post engaged in its most famous publicity stunt. The paper had several hundred ornate, gold-tipped canes made and contacted the selectmen in New England's largest towns. The Boston Post Canes were given to the selectmen and presented in a ceremony to the town's oldest living man.[7] The custom was expanded to include a community's oldest women in 1930. Many towns in New England still carry on the Boston Post cane tradition with the original canes they were awarded in 1909.[7]

See also

Boston portal

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External links

  • "The Boston Post Cane" Information Center.

References

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