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Would you like it if the SR did this?

About 40 years ago, the Burlington Free Press in Vermont routinely trotted out a special front page nameplate on mornings when it had snowed several inches overnight.

Most winters, that was quite a few mornings.

This typeface made the words “Burlington Free Press” appear to be topped with snow. I think the newsroom made the call on whether to go with that snow-capped nameplate after midnight.

The look probably struck some readers as a bit whimsical for a newspaper that ought to take itself seriously. But I always liked it.

Besides, newspapers usually don't have much trouble taking themselves plenty seriously.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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