The Boston Post
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of The Boston Post
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The Boston Post was a 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.
Edwin Grozier bought the paper in 1891. Within two decades, he had built it into easily the largest paper in Boston and New England. Grozier passed the publication to his son, Richard, upon his death in 1924. Under the younger Grozier, The Boston Post grew into one of the largest newspapers in the country. At its height in the 1930s, it had a circulation of well over a million readers. At the same time, Richard Grozier suffered an emotional breakdown from the death of his wife in childbirth from which he never recovered.
In 2017 some publishers are planning to start The Boston Post starting with www.thebostonpost.com, digital version.
- Olin Downes, music critic.
- Richard Frothingham, Jr., a Massachusetts historian, journalist, and politician who was a proprietor and managing editor of The Boston Post.
- Robert F. Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator; correspondent for The Boston Post in 1948
- Kenneth Roberts
- Olga Van Slyke Owens Huckins, literary editor, 1941 to 1954. Huckins letter to Rachel Carson inspired the book Silent Spring.
- Newton Newkirk was hired by the Post in 1901 and produced the Bingfield Bugleville comic strip that that lent its name to Bing Crosby
A weekly magazine was included in the Sunday paper. At first it was called The Sunday Magazine of The Boston Sunday Post and later The Boston Sunday Post Sunday Magazine.
- 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 Richard Grozier, then acting publisher, and Edward Dunn, long time city editor, after complaints by Bostonians that the returns Ponzi offered were "too good to be true". It was the first time that a Boston paper had won a Pulitzer, and was the last Pulitzer 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 Grozier, The Boston Post engaged in its most famous publicity stunt. The paper had 700 ornate, ebony-shafted, gold-capped canes made and contacted the selectmen in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island towns. The Boston Post Canes were given to the Selectmen with the request that the canes be presented in a ceremony to the town's oldest living man. The custom was expanded to include a community's oldest women in 1930. More than 500 towns in New England still carry on the Boston Post Cane tradition with the original canes they were awarded in 1909.
- The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information, Vol. 19, New York, NY: Encyclopædia Britannica, 1911, p. 567.
- (4 October 1956). Boston Post Ceases Publication For 3rd Time in Last Three Months, Miami News (Associated Press story)
- Tommasini, Anthony (December 28, 2001), Edward Downes, 90, Opera Quizmaster, New York, NY: The New York Times
- 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
- 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
- Himaras, Eleni (May 26, 2007), Rachel's Legacy – Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking 'Silent Spring’ was inspired by Duxbury woman, Quincy, MA: The Patriot Ledger
- Ponzi's Scheme, Mitchell Zukoff.
- "The Boston Post Cane Information Center - News and History of a New England Tradition". web.maynard.ma.us.
- H W Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (Oxford 1965) p. 413
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