Herman Cohen, 74, a night street sales distributor with The Washington Post's circulation department, died of a heart attack Sunday at George Washington University Hospital.

Mr. Cohen was stricken early Sunday while delivering The Post's capital (or first) edition to a street salesman at 16th and K streets NW.

A veteran of 47 years as a Washington newspaper distributor, he began working for the Washington Times-Herald circulation department in 1932. He transferred to The Post when The Times-Herald was acquired by this newspaper in 1954.

As a night street sales distributor, Mr. Cohen delivered The Post's capital edition to his "territory" in downtown Washington -- including bars, theaters, restaurants, hotels and apartment houses.

In 1958, he retired and moved to Baltimore for a couple of years. The retirement didn't take.

"I missed the business so much that I came back to work in 1960 just for the love of newspapers," Mr. Cohen said in a 1976 article in "Shop Talk," The Post's-in-house organ.

He never regretted his decision to "un-retire." He was named "dealer of the year" in 1964 and won several "dealer-of-the-month" awards.

Mr. Cohen was born in Bluefield, W.Va., and reared in Baltimore. His first newspaper job was selling The Baltimore Post in 1916.

He lived in Washington before moving to Silver Spring 15 years ago.

He was a member of The Post's distributor's "20-Year Club."

Survivors include his wife, the former Rose Bernstein, and a son, Frederick (Freddy), of the home in Silver Spring; three other sons, Edwin of Gaithersburg, Robert, of Miami Beach, Fla., and Dr. Richard, of Miami, Fla.; a brother, Oran, also of Miami; a sister, Sara C., of Baltimore, and nine grandchildren.