On December 4, 1857, the first edition of The Birmingham Post rolled off the presses and went on sale.
Since then, millions of newspapers have been printed and thousands of journalists have walked through its doors - many of whom have gone on to become some of the country's most respected in the industry.
Last night the newspaper celebrated its birthday with dozens of staff from the past and present at the Radisson SAS hotel in the city centre.
Former managing editor Brian Vertigen, who worked at the newspaper for 20 years until 1983, said: "I suppose the greatest fun I had was plotting the routes of the Midland motorways, which caused the Government great embarrassment. "I was summoned to see Michael Heseltine - the then Minister of Transport, who gave me a right telling off for publishing the routes - which I hasten to add were proved to be 100 per cent accurate."
Other former staff at the event, organised by the Birmingham Press Club, included the newspaper's district reporter from 1967 to 1970, ITV Central Tonight's Bob Warman.
"It always carried great prestige to be a district reporter on The Birmingham Post," he said. "It was very different in the main offices. It was very noisy as we all worked on mechanical typewriters and everyone used to smoke then so there was a low cloud of smoke."
The Birmingham Post's former news, assistant and deputy editor Ken Gibson joined the paper in 1984 and remained for 15 years.
The now motoring editor for The Sun said: "It is probably the most loved paper in the country. Businessmen in Birmingham love The Post. It goes alongside toast and marmalade for breakfast in the Midlands."
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