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From Today in Media History’s archives: Newsies started delivering papers in 1833

Today in Media History is taking a break for the holidays. During that time, we’re sharing some popular posts from Today in Media History’s archives. This post originally ran on September 4.

On September 4, 1833, 10-year-old Barney Flaherty answers an ad in the New York Sun and becomes one of the first newsies, or newsboys to distribute newspapers.

“The first unemployed person to apply for a job selling Suns in the streets was a ten-year-old boy, Bernard Flaherty, born in Cork. Years afterward two continents knew him as Barney Williams, Irish comedian, hero of ‘The Emerald Ring,’ and ‘The Connie Soogah,’ and one time manger of Wallack’s old Broadway Theatre.”

— “The Story of the Sun (1833-1918).”
By Frank Michael O’Brien, 1918.

Video: “Newsies at the turn of the century”

“In the movies, scrappy, urban newsboys hawk papers with screaming headlines, shouting, ‘Extra! Extra! Read all about it!’ Real newsboys in the late 19th and early 20th century, however, were very different from the Hollywood image of lovable street urchins singing and dancing in the streets.

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