It hasn’t always had the same name or been published from the same spot in the city, but The Boston Globe has been a staple for 144 years (officially!) as of March 4.
That day in 1872 marked the first issue of what was then the Boston Daily Globe. The paper was printed in the basement of a building on “Boston’s downtown Newspaper Row,’’ according to a Globe article from 1958 that looked at “the Globe’s 86 years of constant growth.’’
Newspaper Row was the epicenter of all Boston news from the late 1800s to the 1950s. Over that time period, 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.
The Globe moved out of Newspaper Row in 1958 after the company was too big for the seven buildings it eventually occupied there.
The very first Globe building in which the inaugural issue was printed was only 20 feet wide, with a single press capable of handling 4,000 eight-page papers in an hour. Today, the Globe printing presses produce 600,000, 128-page papers in a six-hour press run. In looking at pages-per-hour, that means the Globe went from printing 32,000 pages an hour to more than 12,000,000, or an increase of 39,900 percent.
Not bad for 144 years of work.