The Seattle Star ends publication on August 13, 1947.

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 12/21/2000
  • Essay 2898
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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.

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