Honoring The People Who Deliver Newspapers
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.