In 1887 Rufus N.
Rhodes founded a rival newspaper, The Daily Herald appeared on the streets of Birmingham.
After a year as competitors, the two papers merged on November 8, 1888, to form The Birmingham Age-Herald.
This combined paper was sold in 1896 to an upstart rival, The Daily State.
For two years it was published under the Daily State Herald masthead before controlling interest was sold to E.
Barrett and the Age-Herald name restored.
During this time, E.
Barrett died and his widow sold the Age-Herald to Frederick I. Grace, who again changed the name, this time to The Weekly Iron Age.
In 1881, the paper again changed hands.
The new owners, W.
Thornton, again changed the name to The Daily Birmingham Age and began daily publication for the first time.
With the addition of national and world news items from the Associated Press the Age reached a peak of success, ranking second only to The Atlanta Constitution in the Southern market in advertising dollars.
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In 1927 the paper was sold to another rival, Victor H.
Hanson, publisher of The Birmingham News.
Hanson published both papers simultaneously, the Age-Herald in the morning and The Birmingham News in the evenings.
On Sundays, a joint Birmingham News Age-Herald edition was distributed.
Another merger occurred in 1950 when the Age-Herald joined with the Scripps-Howard-owned Birmingham Post, which had grown to a large circulation since its founding in 1921 by Ed Leech.
By the terms of the merger, the News and Post-Herald became independent papers published under a joint operating agreement.
Circulation, advertising and printing were provided by The Birmingham News Company.