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San Antonio Newsboys, Lewis Hine, 1913

Entitled: "San Antonio newsboys need supervision. Here are three brothers - Sasser family, 729 Porter Street. The youngest one is five years old and makes 30 cents a day. Lawrence is seven years old but "he spends all he earns" his brother says. Boyce, makes 75 cents a day, and has a hard time keeping the others at work. Boyce is ten years old. They all start out at 6:00 A.M. and sell until 9:00 and 10:00 P.M. nearly every day except Sunday. I found them selling after ten P.M. Boyce said "We don't go to school; got to sell papers. Father is sick." Location: San Antonio, Texas. October 1913." The position of paperboy occupies a prominent place in many countries, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Japan. This is because it has long been the first paying job available to young teenagers, often male. It is a low-standing job and therefore has relatively low-pay. As most papers are delivered early in the morning it requires the delivery person to get up early, which can also mean braving cold, dark, and inhospitable conditions. Newspaper industry lore suggests that the first paperboy, hired in 1833, was 10 year-old Barney Flaherty who answered an advertisement in the New York Sun, which read "To the Unemployed a number of steady men can find employment by vending this paper."

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