Memphis Press-Scimitar

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The Scimitar Building was the home of the Memphis Scimitar from 1902 to 1929.[1]

The Memphis Press-Scimitar was an afternoon newspaper based in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, and owned by the E. W. Scripps Company.

Created from a merger in 1926 between the Memphis Press and the Memphis News-Scimitar, the newspaper ceased publication in 1983. It was the main rival to The Commercial Appeal, also based in Memphis and owned by Scripps.[2] At the time of its closure, the Press-Scimitar, had lost a third of its circulation in 10 years and was down to daily sales of 80,000 copies.[3]

From 1909 to 1931, The Memphis Press was founded and edited by Ross B. Young, a journalist from Ohio brought down by local business interests looking for a voice to speak to the stranglehold that E. H. 'Boss' Crump had on city government, employment, and contracts.

From 1931 to 1962, The Press-Scimitar was edited by the crusading Edward J. Meeman, who later left a fortune to foster the study of environmental sciences.[4]

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  1. ^ "National Register Digital Assets: Scimitar Building". National Park Service. National Park Service. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Frank, Ed. "Memphis Press-Scimitar", Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, Tennessee Historical Society and the University of Tennessee Press, accessed 7 November 2010. Archived by WebCite on 7 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Memphis Press-Scimitar to shut next month", The New York Times, 22 September 1983, accessed 7 November 2010. (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Edward John Meeman". Tennessee Encyclopedia. January 1, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 

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