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November 28, 2007 |  5:34 pm

Here's how news editors (now they're called "page designers") used to crop feature pictures down to a one-column mug.

The original portrait. Here's hoping the poor AP photographer never saw how it got butchered. 

 

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First, rotate the picture so the person's head is "straight."

 

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Now cut it down to one column and paint out the background.

 

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Voila!  A Nancy Valentine mug shot. Newspaper design as it was practiced in 1950. (And no, The Times doesn't do this anymore. Thank heavens).

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