Editor's note: Ask An Editor is an occasional column celebrating LNP’s 225th anniversary. Send Ask An Editor questions to Lori Goodlin, content and production editor, at email@example.com.
About the 52 front pages
Q: Why can’t the print of the old newspaper pages that LNP is using to celebrate its anniversary year in the print editions be large enough to actually read?
I know there are some reprints at the bottom of the pages, but it would be really fun to read whole articles.
We asked copy editor Eden Cohen to answer.
A: As part of our 225th anniversary celebration, LNP is sharing 52 front pages from throughout its history in a weekly series.
The images are meant to show how drastically our paper has changed visually over the decades. With minuscule text, wide pages and a lack of photos or prominent headlines, front pages from the 1800s contrast sharply with today’s A1.
These differences are also why it’s logistically challenging for you to make out individual stories, since enlarging the photos — taken of physical newspapers still in our vault — big enough to make the text legible would mean sacrificing the overall view.
To satisfy both interests, we’ve uploaded PDF files of the pages to LancasterOnline.com/LancLife/225. From there, readers can zoom to their hearts’ content.
Lancaster residents will have another chance at a close look in June, when an exhibit on the history of news in Lancaster County is to open at LancasterHistory’s main hub at 230 N. President Ave. The exhibit will feature large posters of the front pages.
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This year, Lancaster Newspapers celebrates 225 years of publishing.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, third from left, visits Lancaster on May 30, 1934. Greeting Roosevelt on the platform of his rail coach are (from left) Lancaster Mayor James Ross; Democratic gubernatorial candidate George H. Earle; Philadelphia city controller S. Davis Wilson; Thomas A. Logue, Democratic candidate for secretary of internal affairs; and newspaper publisher J. Hale Steinman.
Bill Pyott with Select Building Services finishes cleaning the floor in the newly renovated Newseum earlier this month. The Newseum displays more than 200 years of the history of Lancaster Newspapers.
This photo was taken in the New Era newsroom at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 22, 1963, as the news of Kennedy's assassination came across the teletype.
Taken in the Lancaster Examiner Editorial office -- April 1890. The man seated outside the office is Elsworth Wolf, grandfather to Mary Lou Wolf. She said she thinks he was a proofreader.
The Lancaster Newspapers building at 8 W. King St. in downtown Lancaster.
The Intelligencer Journal of May 20, 1941, featured the Zamzam incident on the front page.
The team behind La Voz Hispana, from left, content and production manager Patrick Kirchner, graphic artist Angel Luciano and editor Enelly Betancourt, show off the redesigned publication in January 2014.
Dan Robrish, who has owned and operated the Elizabethtown Advocate by himself, remained its editor after Lancaster County Weeklies acquired the publication in 2018.
The crowd settles in before a panel discussion on “Trust, Transparency and The News,” at Elizabethtown College in March 2017.
Archive photo of Pennsylvania Gov. Gifford Pinchot starting up the Lancaster Newspapers presses in 1929.
Dick Thornburgh looks over the shoulder of the statue at the gates to Steinman Park on West King Street in downtown Lancaster in this undated photograph.
Paperboy Ryan Gehman, age 14, delivers along Leaman Avenue in Millersville in July 2006.
Sketch of a man reading a newspaper, by Florence Starr Taylor.
Attendees of the Pennsylvania Farm Show can share photos of their experience at the “selfie station” run by Lancaster Farming, the leading agricultural newspaper in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. The selfie station is open throughout the weeklong event. Lancaster Farming is a publication of LNP Media Group.
Press foreman Tom Murse checks an early copy of the New Era during the press run in 2001.
Assistant pre-press foreman Doug Baxter checks out a negative in 2001.
Lancaster Newspapers Former Lancaster New Era editor Daniel Cherry (seated) is shown in this 1973 file photo as he celebrated his 25th anniversary with Lancaster Newspapers. With him are company executives Willis Shenk (left), John F. Steinman and Douglas Armstrong.
An online page from Lancaster Newspapers’ forum, TalkBack, that shows some postings to a recent newspaper article.
At left is an online page that shows a partial list of “threads.’’
Among those laboring on Christmas Day were Sunday News Managing Editor Barbara Hough Roda in 2010.
A plaque at the Boys & Girls Club on South Water Street commemorates the important role played by the Steinman foundations. James Hale Steinman was a founder of the club.
Samuel R. Slaymaker, a former publisher of the New Era, died in November 1940.
Journalists work in the Lancaster newspapers offices on West King Street in 1940.