Newspaper The Washington Herald (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939 Washington times-herald / Washington herald times

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About The Washington Herald (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939

The Washington Herald first appeared on October 8, 1906 with the aim of upholding serious journalism in an era of muckraking. The paper was founded and edited by Scott C. Bone, an eminent newspaperman and former managing editor of the Washington Post from 1888 until his dismissal by new owner John R. McLean in 1905. Bone published the 16-page morning daily to challenge the position of the Post as the foundation of Washington journalism. At its peak, the Herald enjoyed a circulation of roughly 50,000, and surpassed the Post in daily sales. It occupied offices at 734 Fifteenth Street, in close vicinity to newspaper row in the city’s northwest quadrant, and its editorial board included prominent figures such as managing editor William P. Spargeon, the first president of the National Press Club. Bone himself garnered respect in the newspaper world for his work with the Post, and later the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and went on to become governor of Alaska.

The paper created a niche for itself based on substantive news reporting, displaying the motto “A Paper of Quality” on its masthead. An early advertisement proclaimed the arrival of the Herald as a “clean, compact, newsy newspaper that would appeal to the intelligent and discriminating clientele of Washington.” Its front page most prominently featured discussions of domestic politics, followed by stories of international scope, and the occasional newsworthy crime or personal interest story. The Herald also included a page each on sports, market news, and women’s interest, plus a slew of advertisements and classifieds. Its Sunday edition attempted to rival that of the Post with a 30-page edition featuring special sections on society news, literature, theater, and serialized fiction.

Although the Herald rose to be one of the top three penny dailies in Washington, it underwent a series of transformations after its second decade. In 1913, Clinton T. Brainard, president of the McClure Syndicate Service, purchased the paper. In 1922, the Herald was taken over by William Randolph Hearst who appointed one of the first female newspaper editors of the era – Eleanor Medill “Cissy” Patterson of the Medill media dynasty. Cissy Patterson revived the paper and its popularity, and in 1939 she merged it with the Washington Times creating the Washington Times-Herald. After her death in 1948, however, the paper declined once again. The Herald died an ironic death in 1954 when the Times-Herald was merged with the Washington Post. Although named the Washington Post and Times Herald, the Post restored its original name in 1973 and the Herald faded into obscurity.

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About this Newspaper

Title
The Washington Herald (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939
Other Title
Washington times-herald
Washington herald times
Dates of Publication
1906-1939
Created / Published
Washington, D.C. : Washington Herald Co.
Subject Headings
-  Washington (D.C.)--Newspapers
-  Washington (D.C.)
-  United States--District of Columbia--Washington
Genre
Newspapers
Notes
-  Daily
-  No. 1 (Oct. 8. 1906)-no. 5857 (Nov. 18, 1922) ; Vol. 1, no. 1 (Nov. 19, 1922)-v. 17, no. 67 (Jan. 31, 1939).
-  On Sunday published as: Washington times-herald, Nov. 19, 1922-Apr. 15, 1923; Washington herald times, Sept. 26, 1937-Jan. 29, 1939.
-  Also issued on microfilm from the Library of Congress, Photoduplication Service.
-  Archived issues are available in digital format as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
-  Washington times (Washington, D.C. : 1902) (DLC)sn 84026749 (OCoLC)10630160
-  Times herald (Washington, D.C.) (DLC)sn 85040694 (OCoLC)12270503
Medium
volumes
Call Number/Physical Location
Newspaper
Library of Congress Control Number
sn83045433
OCLC Number
9470809
ISSN Number
1941-0662
Succeeding Titles
The Washington Times (Washington [D.C.]) 1902 to 1939
Times Herald (Washington D.C.) 1939 to 1954
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/sn83045433
Additional Metadata Formats
MARCXML Record
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record

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