The New York Times

The New York Times first issue's header
The New York Times first issue's header: New-York Daily Times (September 18, 1851)

--- "New-York Daily Times" (1851-1857)
--- "The New-York Times" (1857-1890)
--- "The New York Times" (without hypen, since 1890)

Category: Newspapers

Founders: Henry Jarvis Raymond, George Jones

First issue: September 18, 1851 - New York City, USA

First editor: The New York Times Company

First format: Broadsheet

First price: 1 penny

Overview: The New York Times stayed with the broadsheet full page set-up (as some others have changed into a tabloid lay-out) and an eight-column format for several years after most papers switched to six, and was one of the last newspapers to adopt color photography, especially on the front page. The typefaces used for the headlines are custom variations of Cheltenham. The newspaper began publishing a Sunday edition in April of 1861. The newspaper's founders, Henry Jarvis Raymond and George Jones, in the first issue announced: «We publish today the first issue of the New-York Daily Times, and we intend to issue it every morning (Sundays excepted) for an indefinite number of years to come». The paper's iconic slogan, "All the News That's Fit to Print", was coined in 1896 by Adolph S. Ochs, who acquired the publication in the same year. The catchphrase first appeared on the paper's front page on February 10, 1897. The New York Times was nicknamed for years as "The Gray Lady".

Motto (1897): «All the News That's Fit to Print».

Property: The New York Times Company

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New-York Daily Times, advertising Sept. 12, 1851
New-York Daily Times, launch advertisement (The Southern press, Sept. 12, 1851). «Newspapers in New York - The Daily Times - the new Whig paper which Raymond, Jones & Co., are about starting in New York, will make it appearance on the 15th. The capital of the Times in $75,000 - ten thousand of wich was put in by George Jones of that city, and $8,000 by Raymond. The other $57,000 was raised "about town," and in Albany. A corrispondent says: Among the silent partners I am told is Thurlow Weed of Albany, who is interested to the extent of $8,000. The Times will be ultra Whig and strongly Seward, and will no doubt cut sadly on the business and emoluments of the Tribune. The editor of the "Times" will be H. J. Raymond - the last speaker of the House of assembly, and one of the most talented young men in the State. The Times will be about the size of the Herald, will be sold for a cent, and will probably lose $25,000 the first year, after which it will go ahead and thrive. - Clipper».

New-York Daily Times, advertising Sept. 18, 1851
New-York Daily Times, newspaper advertisement (The Minnesota pioneer, St. Paul, Minn. Territory, Sept. 18, 1851). «The New York Daily Times, in the name of a new paper commenced in N. Y. City, and understood to be favorable to the election of Gen. Scott to the Presidency. - It will be edited by Henry J. Raymond, a vigorous writer, who for years past, has been the intellect that made luminous the voluminous columns of the N. Y. Courier and Enquirer. The Daily Times is published at four dollars per annum. All payments for subscription or advertising must be made in advance, - and postage on all letters must be pre-paid. Communications for the editorial department must be addressed to Henry J. Raymond, editor of the New York Times: - letters upon business or enclosing money, to Raymond, Jones & Co., Publishers».

The New York Times, first issue - zoom
The New York Times, first issue
New-York Daily Times, front page of the first issue (Sept. 18, 1851)

New-York Daily Times, advertising 1895
The New York Times, advertising poster (1895, by Edward Penfield)

New-York Daily Times, first buildings
New-York Daily Times, first building 1851 to 1854 (left, 113 Nassau Street) and second building 1854 to 1858 (right, 138 Nassau Street). Prints Sept. 18, 1901.

The New York Times, founders
The founders of The New York Times. From left: Henry Jarvis Raymond (Jan. 24, 1820 - Jun. 18, 1869), journalist and politician; George Jones (Aug. 16, 1811 - Aug. 12, 1981), banker.

The New York Times, Sep. 12, 2001
The New York Times in its advanced version (Sept. 12, 2001 - terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States)