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The Engraver's Art: Newspaper Mastheads


There was once an artistry in the creation of a newspaper's masthead. Whether they came from an original name, an artistic image, or a declaration of intention, newspaper mastheads (and titles) were much more vibrant than today's rather staid, computer and color enhanced examples. The Virginia Newspaper Project offers a small (and hopefully ever changing) selection of the more interesting mastheads we have uncovered to date. Many of the linked images below are fairly large, but well worth the wait.


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The Independent Virginian (Richmond, Va.), an "anti-machine" newspaper (circa 1921).


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The Record (Richmond, Va.), a Civil War era publication that used the official seal of the Confederate States in its masthead (circa 1862).


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The Richmond Planet (Richmond, Va.), one of the America's oldest black newspapers (circa 1923).


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The Free-Lance (Norfolk, Va,), an anti-monopoly paper (circa 1905).


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The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.), "Victory Day" edition celebrating the surrender of Nazi forces (circa 1945).


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S.A.L. Magundi (Portsmouth, Va.), a paper devoted to the Seaboard Air Line (circa 1897).


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The Southern Opinion (Richmond, Va.), a post-Civil War title with a masthead remembering the Confederacy (circa 1868).


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New York Ninth (Warrenton, Va.), a Union army newspaper printed on a captured printing press in Virginia (circa 1862).


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The South (New York, NY), a newspaper often printed in periodical format (circa 1886).


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The Arkansaw Traveler (Littlerock, Ar.), the paper with the "musical masthead" (circa 1883).


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Gleason's Weekly Line of Battleship (Boston, Ma.), a paper with an emphasis on nautical themes (circa 1859).


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The Resources of California (San Francisco, Ca.), a publication devoted to the land, people, and resources of California (circa 1880).


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Andrew's American Queen (New York, NY.), a "society paper" for art, music and literature. (circa 1880).


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The Present state of the New-English affairs (Boston, Mass.), published in 1689--reputed to be the first newspaper printed in the American colonies.



The Newspaper Project welcomes your comments or suggestions. Please send E-mail directly to: Errol Somay, Project Director, at: Errol.Somay@lva.virginia.gov.