The Boston Post

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

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[edit]

Sunday Magazine[edit]

Sunday Magazine of the
The Boston Sunday Post
September 18, 1910.

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[edit]

  • 1921 - Meritorious Public Service. The Boston Post was awarded the Pulitzer prize for its investigation and exposure of Charles Ponzi's financial fraud. Ponzi was first exposed by the investigative work directed by Edward Dunn, long time city editor, after complaints by Bostonians that the returns Ponzi offered were "too good to be true".[7] 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[edit]

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.[8] 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.[8]

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  1. ^ The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information, Vol. 19, New York, NY: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1911, p. 567. 
  2. ^ (4 October 1956). Boston Post Ceases Publication For 3rd Time in Last Three Months, Miami News (Associated Press story)
  3. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (December 28, 2001), Edward Downes, 90, Opera Quizmaster, New York, NY: The New York Times 
  4. ^ Special to The New York Times (July 13, 1968), Olga Huckins, Ex-Editor At Boston Transcript, 67, New York, NY: New York Times, p. 27. 
  5. ^ Matthiessen, Peter (2007), Courage for the Earth: Writers, Scientists, and Activists Celebrate the Life and Writing of Rachel Carson, Boston, MA; New York, NY: Mariner Books, p. 135, ISBN 0-618-87276-0 
  6. ^ Himaras, Eleni (May 26, 2007), RACHEL'S LEGACY - Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking 'Silent Spring’ was inspired by Duxbury woman, Quincy, MA: The Patriot Ledger. 
  7. ^ Ponzi's Scheme, Mitchell Zukoff
  8. ^ a b "The Boston Post Cane" Information Center.