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Tracing the roots of the International Herald Tribune

I recently came to read about yet another piece of newspaper history in my arrondissement.
Not far from the Opera Garnier, at number 49 Avenue de l*Opéra, a man by the name of James Gordon Bennett launched the Paris edition of the New York Herald, titled The Paris Herald, on the 4th October 1887. The paper became the International Herald Tribune later on.
In 1928, the Herald became the first newspaper distributed by airplane, flying copies to London from Paris in time for breakfast.

Gordon Bennett Jr. was a newspaper tycoon, like his father Gordon Bennett Sr. (the self entitled "Napoleon of Newspapers"), inheriting his father*s business in 1867. After 1877 he primarily resided in Paris, directing his newspapers by cable. He had worn out his welcome in polite NY society after urinating into the fireplace (or grand piano) at a New Year's Day party at his then fiancée*s home in New York.

The Paris Herald building, on the Place de l*Opéra

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