Newsies were the primary distributors of newspapers to the general public in the United States from the mid-19th to the early 20th century.
Ruan Milton Martin and Ivan Trezvant Martin, Cocoa, 1895
Newsies purchased the papers from the publisher and hawked them on the street to passersby. They were not allowed to return unsold papers and worked long hours attempting to sell every last paper.
Newspaper delivery boys, Miami, ca. 1910
The photographs below were taken by Lewis Wickes Hine, an investigative journalist working for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) to document child labor conditions in the United States.
Paperboy Tony Bellenti, 4 years old, Tampa, 1913. “One of America’s youngest newsboys, he sold papers from 6 until late at night.”
Paperboy George Greentree, age 6, Jacksonville, 1913. “Made $1 a day selling papers for his 12 year old brother. His father was deceased and his mother worked as a janitor. George also betted and worked the pathos game.”
Leslie and Eric Cooper selling newspapers, Jacksonville, 1913. “Leslie and Eric Cooper, ages 6 & 10, sell papers all day Sunday, starting at 5 a.m., Monday through Saturday starting at 6 a.m. They don’t go to school, and also work the begging dodge.”
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