Ever since the invention of the press, there have been newspaper carriers. Those intrepid souls who bring out the latest hot sheet carrying the most recent news have used all sorts of methods to perform their duties and bring us the best of stories. Whether they were standing on the street corner with a satchel or loading up their good Shetland pony with bags full of the daily rag, Newspaper Carrier Day operates them in the highest regard and shares their allegiance with the world.
“After one has been in prison, it is the small things that one appreciates: being able to take a walk whenever one wants, going into a shop and buying a newspaper, speaking or choosing to remain silent. The simple act of being able to control one’s person.” – Nelson Mandela
History of Newspaper Carrier Day
Newspaper Carrier Day was designed to honor the efforts of the first newsboy hired in the United States by the Museum of the City of New York. It was in 1833 that 10-year-old Blarney Flaherty first stripped up his load of papers, answering an advertisement for the Sun that specified that “steady men” could apply. Benjamin Day determined that Flaherty fit the bill, and it was promptly after that his cries of “Paper! Get your paper here.” Were first heard ringing out across the streets of the Big Apple. 180 years later, Newspaper Carrier Day feasts those intrepid souls who followed in his footsteps.
It’s astonishing to think about all of the people who were uplifted by this career as young boys, and the latest generation of newspaper carriers is no exception. The similarities of James Cagney, Albert Einstein, even Isaac Asimov, and Martin Luther King Jr. had their start early in their lives carrying the local paper. It still works as one of the first jobs young men and women will hold in many local communities, using their bikes to conduct paper routes to deliver the news to people all over their neighborhoods. There’s even a Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame that was created in 1960, acknowledging some of history’s most prominent newspaper carriers, including those above and the matches of Warren Buffer and John Wayne.
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How to Celebrate Newspaper Carrier Day
The best way to feast on Newspaper Carrier Day is to thank your newspaper carrier. Whether that’s by making them a hot cup of joe to warm their hands and their hearts as they go about their rounds or moving them a tip to thank them for their service. Recognize that these boys and girls, men and women, have been running through the cold heart of winter and the blazing sun of summer to bring you the daily news before you’re up to get available for work. Show them you love them. To express your emotions on social media about Newspaper Carrier Day, you can use the hashtag #Newspaper Carrier Day.
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