NY Times Debuted Colored Front Page Pics 16 Years Ago Today


By Chris O'Shea Comment

The first time The New York Times used colored pictures on its front page was 16 years ago today — October 16, 1997.

If you can remember back that far (The Spice Girls’ Spiceworld was a number one album and George Clooney donned a nipple-centric Batsuit in Batman & Robin) you’ll recall that people weren’t pleased with the decision. Newspapers, the purists/grandpas said, were supposed to be in black and white. Colors were nonsense!

Despite the protests, everything worked out just fine. The world is a crazy place.

[h/t Jim Romenesko. Image: James Cobb]