The Birmingham Age-Herald

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Front page of the November 25, 1933 edition of the Age-Herald

The Birmingham Age-Herald was a newspaper published in Birmingham from 1888 to 1950.

The Daily Herald, founded by William Pinckard in 1887, merged with the slightly-older Daily Age on November 8, 1888. Pinckard retained ownership until 1894.

In 1893 the 12-page, 72-column Weekly Age-Herald appeared each Wednesday morning and was available by mail for a $1.00 annual subscription. That June the company took delivery of new typesetting machines from the Mergenthaler Linotype Company. With the new equipment, the paper upgraded its design with a "full-faced, leaded nonpareil" for news columns and a "leaded minion" for editorial sections.

In 1895 the paper was bought by the founders of The Daily State and merged with that paper to become The Birmingham State Herald. Their general manager, John Rountree assumed controlling interest in the publication.

Rountree sold the paper to Edward Barrett in 1897, and the Age-Herald name was restored. Under his guidance, the paper campaigned for educational progress in the state. A new Age-Herald Building was constructed on 5th Avenue North in 1910.

In 1912 the circulation of the Age-Herald was reported as 17,011 daily and 28,475 on Sundays.

After Barrett's death in June 1922, the paper was owned and managed by his widow, Lewis Barrett, who had become familiar with the operation. She remarried, to hotel executive Robert Meyer in November of the same year, and sold the business to a group consisting of Frederick Thompson, B. B. Comer, and his son, Donald Comer.

The partners in turn sold it to Birmingham News publisher Victor Hanson in 1927. He kept both papers going, the Age-Herald in the morning, and the News in the evenings with a joint Birmingham News Age-Herald Sunday edition.

In 1933, the first on-the-job fatality of a newspaper-carrier for the Age-Herald occurred. T. E. McGiboney, 15, was struck by a car while delivering papers on his bicycle. He is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Ensley.

Publication of the Age-Herald, as well as the The Birmingham News and The Birmingham Post was suspended from July 12 to August 15, 1945 due to a printers' strike.

The Age-Herald was sold to Scripps-Howard, publisher of the Birmingham Post, in 1950. The resulting merged paper was dubbed the Birmingham Post-Herald.

Preceded by:
The Daily Age and The Daily Herald
The Birmingham Age-Herald
18881895
Succeeded by:
The Birmingham State Herald
Preceded by:
The Birmingham Age-Herald
The Birmingham State Herald
18951897
Succeeded by:
The Birmingham Age-Herald
Preceded by:
The Birmingham State Herald and
The Birmingham Post
The Birmingham Age-Herald
18971950
Succeeded by:
Birmingham Post-Herald

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