Today is International Newspaper Carrier Day. It honors everyone who is now, or once was, a newspaper carrier.

It commemorates the hiring of the very first newspaper carrier when in 1833, 10-year-old Barney Flaherty was hired to sell The New York Sun on the streets of New York City.

Some people still like to sit down and read a newspaper. Something they can flip the pages on. Even though the number of subscribers continues to fall, we still need people to deliver the paper.

Years ago it was mainly a kid’s job. Teenagers and even preteens delivered the paper in all kinds of weather – 7 days a week, and each week they’d come to your door to collect and for a tip.

There’s a long list of famous people who delivered newspapers as a kid:

  • John Wayne
  • Ed Sullivan
  • Walt Disney
  • Bob Hope
  • Bing Crosby
  • Harry Truman
  • Dwight Eisenhower
  • Tom Brokaw
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Herbert Hoover

There aren’t too many kids delivering newspapers anymore. It’s mainly adults, many of them delivering the paper from their cars.