Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 12/06/2011

The Washington Post — 134 years young

On Dec. 6, 1877, the Washington Post published its first issue ever. The newspaper was four pages long and cost three cents. Back then, as today, we covered the local (“the business along Water Street was very dull”), the sensational (“an old bachelor died of the combined effects of cat-bite with his own folly”) and the political (“Did Senator Davis Dodge?”). An editorial chastised Spain for the continued war in Cuba: “The brutal, corrupt and avaricious Government of Spain has been as powerless to crush freedom in Cuba as King George to suppress the lovers of independence in this country.” A marriage notice noted the bride was ”the beautiful daughter of a mother as beautiful.”

From those beginnings, we’ve had a pretty incredible 134 years. Thanks for being with us along the way!

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