By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 8, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we recognize the first publication of the King of Financial and Business news.


The first issue of The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) was published on July 8, 1889.  It was 4 pages long and cost 2 cents.  The paper was started by Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser to report business and financial news to the traders of the stock exchange.

In 1896, the publication introduced the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the first of many indices of stock and bond trading on Wall Street.

Today, WSJ has a daily circulation of over 4 million copies, making it the US’ most widely read newspaper.  It is also sold overseas and spawned many international editions over the years.

Known for their commitment to investigative reporting and an influential op-ed section, the newspaper has received 39 Pulitzer Prizes. 

Although aimed at financial and business news, the paper now has sections covering all aspects of news and events and includes a weekend magazine with more human-interest stories.

Bradford’s colorful map of lower Manhattan created in 1841 is presented here.  Wall Street is noted.

New York- Lower Manhattan circa 1841 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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