I’ve heard that there once were no fewer than nine daily papers serving Los Angeles. Is that true?

If you include suburban papers as well as ethnic and trade publications, there were even more in the early 1900s. The larger newspapers also printed several editions daily as they competed to be first with breaking news. In a tally of only English-language general circulation dailies with 10,000 readers or more in the city of Los Angeles, the N.W. Ayer and Son’s American Newspaper Annual and Directory shows up to six in the years 1915 and 1926. For the latter year, it names the Examiner, the Express, the Herald, the Daily News, the Record, and the Times. Others such as the Tribune and the Mirror came and went. I can picture colorful newsies in knickers roaming streets awash in newsprint.
Illustration by Zohar Lazar