THEN AND NOW: What 10 newspapers looked like when they were first published

The New York Times/Wikimedia Commons, Yuri Gripas/ReutersThe New York Times then and now.
  • Newspapers have definitely evolved and changed through history, altering their style, content, and layout over the years.
  • From The New York times to the Washington Post, here’s what some famous newspapers looked like when they first came out.
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Newspapers have changed the course of history with explosive investigative stories. They have also changed their format, style, and content over the years.

Here’s what 10 famous newspapers looked like when they were first published – and what they look like today.


The New York Times was established in 1851.

“We publish today the first issue of the New-York Daily Times, and we intend to issue it every morning (Sundays excepted) for an indefinite number of years to come,” the first issue read.


The paper has broken countless stories with enormous impact such as Harvey Weinstein’s abuses that sparked the #MeToo movement.

It shortened its name from the New York Daily Times to the New-York Times in 1857, and dropped the hyphen in 1896. Of course, it now also publishes a Sunday edition.


The Wall Street Journal was founded in 1889.

It was founded by Charles H. Dow of Dow Jones & Company.


Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp purchased Dow Jones & Company for around $US5 billion in 2007.

The paper still primarily covers business news, but also includes feature articles.


The Washington Post was founded in 1877.

It was originally affiliated with the Democratic Party until it was sold in 1889, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica.


It was bought by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for $US250 million in 2013.

The Post is famous for breaking the Watergate story that led to President Nixon’s resignation.


The Los Angeles Times was established in 1881.

Back in 1881, the newspaper only cost one cent.


It was sold to Tribune Co. (now called Tronc) in 2000, and then to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a South African billionaire and surgeon, in 2018.

“My family and I fervently believe that the Times, the Union-Tribune and our other titles must continue to serve as beacons of truth, hope and inspiration binding our communities,” Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong wrote in a letter in the paper.


The Chicago Tribune was founded in 1847.

The Tribune was an anti-slavery newspaper that was “instrumental” in electing President Abraham Lincoln, according to its official website.


The Chicago Tribune has since received 27 Pulitzer Prizes for excellence in journalism.

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In 2008, for the first time ever, its editorial page endorsed Barack Obama for US President.


The Financial Times was established in 1888.

The British newspaper was founded by James Sheridan and Horatio Bottomley. It was originally named the London Financial Guide, but renamed itself the Financial Times the same year


It has been printed on salmon pink paper since the 1890s.

It opted for pink paper starting in 1893 to distinguish it from other papers, according to Quartz.


The first issue of The Boston Globe in 1872 cost four cents.

The newspaper was founded by six businessmen who invested $US150,000 in the venture.


The paper specialises in investigative reporting.

The Globe’s groundbreaking reporting on child molestation within the local Catholic Archdiocese was the subject of the 2015 movie “Spotlight.”


The New York Evening Post was founded in 1801 by Alexander Hamilton.

It claims to be the oldest continuously published newspaper in the US.


The paper is now published as a tabloid.

The New York Post’s headlines have garnered criticism – for example, when Kim Kardashian West met with President Trump and the front page read “Trump Meets Rump.”


The Dallas Morning News released its first issue in 1885, but perhaps its most iconic issue was printed in 1963 after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The Dallas Morning News was founded in 1885. Here, the front page of the Dallas Morning News shows John F. Kennedy on the day of his assassination.


The paper continues to cover both local and national issues.

The Dallas Cowboys consistently make headlines.


Charles and Michael de Young founded The San Francisco Chronicle in 1865.

It’s the largest newspaper in Northern California. It has a daily readership of approximately 504,938.


It has won six Pulitzer Prizes.

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images2008.

The paper was acquired by Hearst in 2000. In 2009, it debuted a redesigned paper with a modified logo, coloured front-page text, new headline typography, and better page organisation.

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