10 Vintage Photos of the Great American Worker

Although nowadays, you can get your news at the touch of a button or watch the countless 24 hour rolling news channels, the newsboy or paperboy was a common sight on the street corners of every major American city throughout the early to mid twentieth century. This photograph from 1940 shows a rather drenched little boy on the streets of Iowa City trying to get people to ‘read all about it,’ whatever that might be.

The first paperboy was considered to be a ten year old called Irish-American called Barney Flaherty who was hired in New York City on September 4, 1833, by Benjamin Day, the publisher of the New York Sun.

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