Of the several hundred thousand newspapers published in the history of America, most had simple nameplates of just the newspaper title in plain text. (Many people mistakenly refer to the "nameplate" as a "masthead". However, a "masthead" is the area, usually on the second page of many early newspapers, that contains the name of the editorial staff, publishing address, etc.) VERY FEW took the effort to create and design a fancy nameplate. Some contained fancy, hand-drawn lettering while others went all out and included engravings in the nameplate. Presented here are some of the best of decorative nameplates.