Saturday’s most unusual Independence Day page treatment may have been one you didn’t see: For some reason, the Virginian-Pilot‘s front page didn’t appear at the Newseum.
Click this for a much larger — and readable — look:
Ace projects designer Sam Hundley tells us:
Paul[Nelson, presentation team leader] asked me to come up with an idea for the 4th and I suggested the Virginia signers [of the Declaration of Independence] because most of them are pretty obscure to a lot of folks.
Agreed. You’ve probably heard of Thomas Jefferson…
…but did you know that there was only one set of brothers who signed the Declaration of Independence? Meet the Lee brothers:
What’s more: Robert E. Lee would be born in 1807 into this same family. He later became a famous Confederate army general in the Civil War.
I found high-resolution facsimiles of the signatures online, Paul found a wonderful litho of their portraits from 1876 at the Library of Congress and Maureen Watts and Jakon Hays in the library researched and wrote the blurbs.
Aimee Crouch copy edited and our new editor, Steve Gunn, got behind it.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Sam started his newspaper career as a staff artist for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and moved to the Virginian-Pilot in 1981.
In 1990, Sam moved to the San Jose Mercury News where he was named design director of features, but then returned to the Pilot in 1994.
He’s also the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.
Average daily circulation for the Virginian-Pilot is 142,476.
Other outstanding work from the Virginian-Pilot:
- May 26, 2014: The day’s best Memorial Day front page
- July 4, 2013: The one Fourth of July page you really need to see
- June 11, 2013: An important historical anniversary observed, Sam Hundley style
- Jan. 29, 2013: The magical properties of a clever illustration
- Jan. 8, 2013: When illustrating a controversial topic, it helps to have a real, live visual journalism superhero on staff
- Sept. 26, 2012: A look at the illustrations for the Virginian-Pilot’s NASA history series
- Sept. 24, 2011: Newsstand alert: Check out the new National Geographic
- Sept. 21, 2011: Behind those watercolor illustrations in the Virginian-Pilot this week
- Dec. 18, 2010: A wacky pre-Christmas illustration in the Virginian-Pilot