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Washington DC Newsboys, Lewis Hine, 1912

Entitled: " In comparison with governmental affairs newsies are small matters. This photo taken in the shadow of the National Capitol where the laws are made. This group of young newsboys sells on the Capitol grounds every day, ages 8 yrs., 9 yrs., 10 yrs., 11 yrs., 12 yrs. The only boy with a badge, was the 8 yr. old, and it didn't belong to him. Names are Tony Passaro, 8 yrs. old, 124 Schottes Alley, N.E.; Joseph Passaro, 11 yrs. old, (has made application for badge); Joseph Mase (9 yrs. old), 122 Schottes Alley. Joseph Tucci, (10 yrs. old) 411 1/2 5th St., N.E. Jack Giovanazzi, 228 Schottes Alley, 12 yrs. old. Is in ungraded school for incorrigibility in school. Location: Washington D.C.. April 1912." 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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