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Boston’s Newspaper Row

Nov. 22, 1963: Stunned readers saw the first pictures and read the first news clips from Dallas reporting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The simple sign “President is dead” alerted those further back in the crowd to the terrible news.
Nov. 22, 1963: Stunned readers saw the first pictures and read the first news clips from Dallas reporting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The simple sign “President is dead” alerted those further back in the crowd to the terrible news.(Frank H. Hill/Globe Staff)

Newspaper Row on Washington Street was home to many Boston newspapers from the late 1800s to the 1950s. At one point or another The Boston Globe, Boston Evening Transcript, Boston Herald, Boston Traveller, Boston Journal, Boston Post, and Associated Press were situated in the area between Milk Street and the Old State House.

It is fascinating to see the photos of people gathering to listen to a live broadcast or to check out the bulletins announcing the daily news. The way of delivering the news to the community was, and still is, constantly changing. When radio and TV became the source for news, Newpaper Row was no longer the place to gather.

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