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Were you ever a 'paperboy'?

J. H. Osborne • Sep 4, 2018 at 9:50 AM

Today’s “Tuesday Trivia” topic: Newspaper Carrier Appreciation Day.

• Newspaper Carrier Day is celebrated on September 4th.

• Newspaper Carrier Day honors everyone who is now, or once was, a newspaper carrier. The list includes thousands, if not millions, of people. Years ago, this job was primarily populated by kids, from pre-teen through approximately 16. At that age, many, but not all, kids moved to restaurant, grocery store and retail types of jobs.

• This day commemorates the hiring of the very first newspaper carrier. Newspaper carriers date back to the early 1800s. On September 10, 1833, 10-year-old Barney Flaherty became the first newspaper carrier. Benjamin Day, publisher of The New York Sun, hired Flaherty to sell papers for his penny press. The only job requirement was that he had to show that he could throw a newspaper into the bushes.

• Now, few kids deliver papers anymore except in small towns. But the “Carrier Day” tradition lives. This job is now largely held by adults, many of them delivering the paper from their cars.

• “Newsies” was first a 1992 film and later became a Broadway musical. It tells the story of a strike in 1899 by newspaper carriers.

Sources: HolidayInsights.com and the International Movie Database (IMDb).

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