New Orleans’ Times-Picayune newspaper is celebrating 175 years.  I learned today that the name “Picayune” comes from a Spanish coin that was in circulation the year the paper was founded.

A picayune was worth 6 ¼ cents, or a quarter of a quarter.  At that street price, it undersold the other papers, which cost a dime.

Here’s the article: 1837: New Orleans’ Times-Picayune has its roots in a newspaper-loving town


About jjambon

I play piano and sing in the French Quarter. Life is good.

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