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Subject:  Re: OT: Man in the White Suit Date:  2/19/2009  10:23 AM
Author:  vickifool Number:  26012 of 36218

Warning: total side-track

There is no doubt that markets appear and disappear. Once upon a time there weren't really "newspapers" as we think of them. It became an industry in the late 1800's, and (for example) New York City had 20 of them printing a daily edition.

At this time, James Franklin, the printer of the Gazette, was also replaced. Franklin wanted to start his own newspaper despite friends and family telling him that Boston already had enough newspapers (2) and a third could not survive. Despite this, Franklin went ahead and published his own newspaper, the New England Courant on August 19, 1721. It became the fourth newspaper published in America. ....

I was fairly certain that Ben Franklin had published a newspaper, but I didn't realize that he was an early publisher. He ends up being on the masthead when his brother is put in jail for what he printed, and moves away and starts another paper while continuing to be the figurehead for his brother's paper.

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