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Paper Hits Milestone, Has Rich History

Readers: Because of the current challenges facing the newspaper industry in general, and this publication in particular, you’ve probably heard more “inside baseball” lately about newspapers than usual.

But today we have an excuse! This week marks the 40th anniversary of the purchase of this very newspaper by the Cox chain.

The Palm Beach Post was founded as the weekly Palm Beach County in 1909 and became the daily Palm Beach Post in January 1916. It was bought by casino magnate E.R. Bradley in 1934, then sold to newspaper chain owner John H. Perry in 1947.

Perry had bought The Jacksonville Journal in 1922 and later added two Pensacola newspapers and two Panama City newspapers.

He added The Palm Beach Post, The Palm Beach Evening Times and The Palm Beach Daily News soon after World War II.

After his death in 1952, his son John Perry inherited the budding chain. He pioneered the use of cold type and computers in newspaper production, and designed a revolutionary engraving machine.

Perry, who died at 89 in May 2006, also built submarines, invented pioneering newspaper technology, flew Army planes and worked to develop renewable energy.

He developed a national economic plan, helped prepare a national ocean program and invented a deep-sea recovery vehicle that became the center of a Smithsonian exhibit.

In 1969, Perry sold his 27 newspapers to Cox Enterprises, which now owns several newspapers as well as TV stations, cable systems, auto auctions and other holdings.

The Post had moved in 1923 from its Datura Street headquarters to a building on Clematis Street.

Copy editors at work at The Palm Beach Post the day after John F. Kennedy's election in 1960.
Copy editors at work at The Palm Beach Post the day after John F. Kennedy’s election in 1960. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

It moved in 1960 to the complex at Belvedere Road and Dixie Highway. At the time, that was considered “out of town!”

Buildings and a press were added in 1988 and a four-story, $17million building opened alongside in June 1995.

The Evening Times closed in 1987 but The Post and the “Shiny Sheet,” and parent Cox, are going strong.

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Posted in Eliot Kleinberg July 2, 2009 at 1:54 pm.

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