If you think color is a recent newspaper innovation — something USA Today invented back in the 1980’s — then feast your eyes on this spectacular page. It printed in the New York World more than 100 years ago, in 1906. That’s nine-teen-oh-six. And it’s a marvel of color production. Not only are the bird illustrations gorgeous and precise, but notice how they’re silhouetted against a tinted, duotoned photograph. (The headline type, too, is hand-crafted.) To produce such a multi-layered design using primitive color-production techniques required phenomenal patience and graphic finesse.
This is one of dozens of classic pages from Nicholson Baker’s impressive book, “The World on Sunday: Graphic Art in Joseph Pulitzer’s Newspaper (1898-1911).”