Vernacular

Some newspapers have folded in recent years, but many have achieved old age.

The Antelope Valley Press is still publishing 365 days a year and is in its 104th year. Its first edition, as a weekly, was delivered on April 3, 1915.

The Wall Street Journal on July 8, presented a special section on historic highlights that occurred since it was born on July 8, 1889.

My father was born on March 26, 1893, and my mother on Sept. 24, 1885.

The Journal, a four-page afternoon paper, sold for two cents a copy, a low price that was easily affordable for Wall Street millionaires.

That may be the origin of the phrase, “I’ll give you my two-cents’ worth.”

The first highlighted story in the edition is a news report that Standard Oil Company’s dissolution had been ordered by the Supreme Court. The publication date was May 16, 1911.

The Aug. 5, 1914, paper announced that “Germany wars on France: England stands by Belgium.”

On June 14, 1930, it was reported that the Senate had passed a tariff bill, 44-42. And now, tariffs have demonstrated longevity and are often announced in current publications.

A fine photo on April 13, 1935, shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Social Security Bill and as a recipient of a bank deposit every month, I thank him for that.

A WSJ story revealed on June 13, 1935, that Technicolor film was being watched with interest by the movie industry.

On Dec. 8, 1941, there was a bombshell story that Japan had attacked Hawaii. The loss of life was heavy. Japan declared war on the United States and on England.

Germany surrendered, the Journal reported in its May 8, 1945, edition.  

“V-E Day starts a slow, confused unwinding of American war industry,” the paper said in a story.

On June 18, 1948, the Journal announced that “Now you can hear a full album of music — on a single record.”

On Feb. 3, 1956, it was published that General Motors’ 1955 profits topped $1 billion for the first time on $12.4 billion in sales.

“Instant Money,” bank credit cards, borrowing by check are growing rapidly, the Journal reported on Nov. 4, 1959.

On Sept. 21, 1970, the headline was “Women at Work: Pressure is mounting to end sex bias on the job.”

By Sept. 6, 1972, the Dow Jones industrial average broke through 1,000. The newspaper reported that, in the past, it took the Dow 60 years to rise the first 500 points.

On July 8, 2019, the Dow suffered a down-slide but closed at 26,806.14.

On the same 1972 date, it was reported that many banks were switching to electronic tellers that are always open.

“They perform many tasks; manufacturers and bankers and customers all pleased.”

On Oct. 17, 1973, WSJ announced the oil embargo, “Cold War’s reduced Arab oil flow promises to make life difficult for Americans.”

“New Economics” supply-side theories became federal policy with unusual speed, the Journal published in a story on Oct. 8, 1981.

In a story on Nov. 11, 1981, headed “Test of Time,” it was said “As competition grows, Apple Computer Inc. faces a critical period.”

On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan demanded that Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the Berlin wall.

Newspapers are said to offer “the first draft of history” and that’s true for the Antelope Valley Press and the Wall Street Journal.

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