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When Newspapers Were Newspapers

One of the things I enjoy about watching older movies is seeing the newspapers they mocked up for them. “The Pink Panther” (1963) featured this shot of an underworld figure reading the Rome Daily American on a Paris bridge or quayside. Often these are mockups of newspapers that never existed, but the Rome Daily American was real. A handful of GIs started it in 1945 when the European edition of Stars and Stripes ceased publication. It took the Herald-Tribune two days to reach Rome from Paris in those days, and the CIA held an arms-length 40% stake of the ownership until the 1970s. The paper was made famous by the 1953 flick Roman Holiday — there was a charming film. Its offices were in the Via di Santa Maria in via, parallel to the Corso, until the paper went bankrupt in 1984.

This post was published on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 11:18 am. It has been categorised under Design Newspapers and been tagged under , .
Pat Wiss
14 May 2013 8:58 am

…Funny you should mention the Rome Daily American… as you carry the same name as Roman Cusack, who was the (Rock)Music reporter for the Rome-based newspaper in the mid-70s… I lived in Rome as a teenager thru my early 20s when I met Roman due to my interest in Rock music. I wonder what happened to Roman… BTW, there was also a Rome Daily American radio station, then.

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