On August 13, 1947, The Seattle Star ends publication, leaving Seattle with two daily newspapers. The newspaper's management explains to readers that increases in labor costs and a shortage of newsprint caused its demise. The name, goodwill, circulation lists. and newsprint contract are sold to The Seattle Times for $360,000 and The Star's stockholders retain control of the building and the mechanical facilities.
The Seattle Star was first published on February 2, 1899. In 1909, it was sold to the E. W. Scripps family. In January 1942, it was sold to a group of wealthy Seattle men who named Howard W. Parrish publisher.
With the closing of The Star, Seattle was left with two daily newspapers, The Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
"The Seattle Star Suspends Today," The Seattle Star, August 13, 1947, p. 1; Seattle Times Buys Out Star Then Closes It," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 14, 1947, p. 1, 2.
Licensing: This essay is licensed under a Creative Commons license that
encourages reproduction with attribution. Credit should be given to both
HistoryLink.org and to the author, and sources must be included with any
reproduction. Click the icon for more info. Please note that this
Creative Commons license applies to text only, and not to images. For
more information regarding individual photos or images, please contact
the source noted in the image credit.
Major Support for HistoryLink.org Provided
The State of Washington | Patsy Bullitt Collins
| Paul G. Allen Family Foundation | Museum Of History & Industry
| 4Culture (King County Lodging Tax Revenue) | City of Seattle
| City of Bellevue | City of Tacoma | King County | The Peach
Foundation | Microsoft Corporation, Other Public and Private
Sponsors and Visitors Like You