The News & Observer turns 119 today. To mark the occasion, the Raleigh newspaper published its front page in a retro style, and editor John Drescher wrote this column about its founder, Josephus Daniels.
The throwback design is a fun idea for a front page. A bit of old-timey language (“to-day”) is a nice touch.
It helps that the birthday comes on a Monday in August, a typically slow time for news. It’s a good opportunity to surprise your readers with something unusual.
The house ad at the bottom of page, however, feels incongruous in color and content. On a similar note, I knew about the retro page via Twitter before I fetched the actual newspaper off my driveway this morning:
Regardless, I wish the N&O a happy birthday. As a former editor there, I am proud to be a part of its history, and I look forward to reading it in print and online in the years to come.
UPDATE: The North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill has posted that first issue of the N&O from 1894.
Image courtesy of the Newseum.