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Newsies and Dog: 1909

Newsies and Dog: 1909

Sunday 5 a.m. Newsies starting out. Boston, Massachusetts. October 1909. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

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Piggott, Arkansas

My dad, born 1919, loved to demonsrate his pitch, "St. Louis, Chicago, and Denver aaaaaper" which he used while selling newspapers in the downtown square of small town Piggott, Arkansas, about 1930. One of my best memories.

Globe, Traveler, American! Paper here!

I sold newspapers on the street outside one of the the subway kiosks in Central Square in Cambridge in 1950 or 1951, when I was 11 or 12. After school. The afternoon papers were the Globe (afternoon edition), the Traveler (the afternoon version of the Herald), and the American (P.M. edition of the Record). Papers were a nickel (of which I got a penny), but the tips were decent and I earned my walking-around money.

Newspaper boys

Newsies probably had it better than suburban newspaper boys, at least they got their money on the spot. I had to collect from the customers every week, and often some of them refused to pay: "My paper was wet on Tuesday. I'm not paying for it."

my grandfather

My grandfather was a newsie in Cambridge MA. He was born in 1896.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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