Today is Newspaper Carrier Day!
Newspaper Carrier Day is celebrated in honor of Barney Flaherty, the first newspaper carrier, as well as all past, present newspaper carriers. It is celebrated on September 4th, the anniversary of Flaherty’s September 10, 1833 hiring by Benjamin Day, publisher of the New York Sun newspaper.
Today few kids deliver papers, except in small towns. In all kinds of weather and hours of darkness kids make their appointed rounds. For most of them this is their first venture in American enterprise. Now this job is largely held by adults, many of them delivering the paper from their cars.
Newspaper delivery is the last stage of newspaper circulation consisting of distributing newspapers to consumers. One method of distributing newspapers is selling newspapers on the street, or in favorable locations, either by a “newsboy” or at a news stand, or in vending machines, but newspaper delivery generally refers to delivery to subscribers on a regular route, usually by bicycle or automobile. Historically, this was done by adolescent boys using bicycles. Paperboys traditionally were and are still often portrayed on television and movies as preteen boys, often on a bicycle.
As of the end of 2010, more people get their news from the Internet than from newspapers — and more ad dollars went to online outlets than to newspapers, too.
In surveys 34% of respondents said they would read news online within the past 24 hours (as opposed to 31% who favored newspapers); and a full 41% said they get most of their news online, 10% more than those who said they got most of their news from a newspaper.
Newspaper delivery (en.wikipedia.org)