Dale Genius, the Executive Director of the Louisiana History Museum in Downtown Alexandria, e-mailed me late this afternoon to announce the museum’s newest addition: a carefully-preserved, first edition copy of The Town Talk from the year of its creation, 1883.
It may be hard to believe, but The Town Talk is one of the nation’s oldest, continuously operating newspapers, though, to be fair, The Hartford Courant, which is still in publication, has The Town Talk beat by over a century. As documented in the book The Talk of the Town, The Town Talk was considered an innovator in newspaper publication during the mid-20th century, and although it is now the corporate property of Gannett, The Town Talk was owned and published by local residents, primarily members and relatives of the McCormick family (no relation to the current Town Talk reporter, Bret McCormick), for over 100 years.
Like many others, I hope, one day, it will return to local ownership. In my opinion, the paper is currently being bled dry; what was once an innovative newspaper is now just yet another corporately-owned asset under the direction of corporate stakeholders, instead of community stakeholders.
Anyway, check this out (click to zoom):