150 years of news aN INSIDE LOOK AT the REcord-Journal THROUGH THE YEARS

1867: The Weekly Visitor begins publication on March 21, a Thursday.

Founders of the Meriden Daily Journal

1868: The Daily Visitor begins publication five days a week on Jan. 1. The Meriden Daily Republican succeeds The Daily Visitor in March.

The Daily Republican office

1886: The Meriden Daily Journal, an evening newspaper, comes out in April to compete with the Republican. It later becomes known as the Meriden Journal.

The Meriden Daily Journal offices on a dirt road.

1892: The Morning Record is launched as a daily paper in October, as a continuation of the Meriden Daily Republican. The Republican becomes a weekly and eventually ceases to publish.

1903: The Morning Record becomes the Meriden Morning Record.

The Meriden Morning Record building decked out for the Meriden Centennial in 1906.

1925: The Meriden Morning Record becomes the Meriden Record in January.

1949: The Meriden Record Company purchases the Meriden Journal.

The 11 Crown St. building served as the newspaper headquarters for more than a century.

1977: The Meriden Record merges with the Meriden Journal in January, becoming the Morning Record and Journal.

Cluttered desk are a staple of all newsrooms, illustrated by a shot of the Record-Journal news hub in 1978. But the typewriters of yesteryear, and the pneumatic tube (far left) used to transport stories and headlines to the composing room, have been replaced by computers and electronic ways of getting needed information to the graphics department.

1980: The merged paper becomes known as the Record-Journal.

1984 - First Sunday edition
1988 view of the newsroom
The copy desk in 1988

1995: The company launches its first website.

2006: The website is updated to MyRecordJournal.com

2007 Newsroom
2009 - End of an era. The final press run.
Saying goodbye to 11 Crown St.
Preparing for the move
Moving in to 500 S. Broad St.

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