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Flashback: The Oklahoman

by Steve Lackmeyer Published: May 30, 2012

The front of The Daily Oklahoman office in 1903 at 18 S Broadway. Office was only 22 feet wide and 65 feet long. In the mechanical plant was a flat-bed press, two Linotype machines and about a wheel barrow load of type. (E.K. Gaylord was forced to have his business office in another building due to lack of space.) Circulation was about 3,500 at this time. Newspaper office was here until October, 1903, when the newspaper offices moved to the new building on the northeast corner of California and Robinson. In the early 1960s, 18 S Broadway housed a pawnshop.

Photo of The Daily Oklahoman office, a two-story brick building on the northeast corner of California and Robinson streets. Newspaper was at this location from October,1903 to early October, 1909. This building housed a new $15,000, 16-page, two-color Goss perfecting press, stereotyping equipment and three additional Linotype machines for a total of five linotypes. Building suffered a fire on January 29, 1909. Newspaper moved to new building at 500 N Broadway on October 10, 1909

The home of the Oklahoma Publishing Company when I was first hired to answer phones on Friday nights for the sports desk in 1989. I was hired full-time as a cop reporter on March 20, 1990.

The current home of The Oklahoman as it looked in 1992 when the newsroom made its move from downtown to the tower at Britton Road and Broadway.
by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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