The Press: The First 100 Years

The largest evening paper in the U.S. will be 100 years old this week. In Philadelphia, where "nearly everybody reads the Bulletin" the decorous "Old Lady of Filbert Street" was all set to celebrate. For her birthday party she took over Convention Hall so that her family of 1,700 could eat—but not drink—and make merry. Leathery Robert McLean, president of the Bulletin and of the A.P., would make a little speech. And rays from the star Algol, which take 100 light years to reach Philadelphia, would trip the switch that lighted the six-foot birthday cake.

As the rich and respected Bulletin...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!