Looking back at news homepage history

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In his post, “Nostalgia: 11 Retro News Website Homepages,” Ethan
Klapper takes us back in time with old news website homepages.

He writes:

Inspired by a recent Facebook album posted by Jim Brady, the former
washingtonpost.com executive editor and TBD general manager, here are
a couple of old homepages from news sites we know well. Any notable
omission is due to the Wayback Machine not being able to crawl the
site.
(Click here for the homepages.)

Vostok design studio has also posted some homepages with
their video, “15 years of NYTimes.com.”

And finally, here are a few early homepages we found while
compiling our New Media Timeline project.

Mercury Center on AOL, 1994

Time Magazine on AOL, 1994

U.S. News on AOL, 1994

Access Atlanta on Prodigy, 1994

San Francisco Examiner on Compuserve, 1981
(The first online newspapers were text only and didn’t have homepages as we know them today. This image comes from a 1981 video.)

Like many historical online images, old news homepages are fun to look at and remind us just how much technology and design have changed.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/rp509855 Rod Paul

    The CompuServe image brings back memories. Simple text data feeds over a 300 baud modem on a 64K CP/M machine.