Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Orleans Newsboys

Today's picture was taken in 1913. It shows two newsboys working on a street in New Orleans. The boys are 7 and 9 years old.

8 comments:

  1. Makes you wonder how many papers they had to sell to make a nickel.
    R

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  2. Couldn't find the price of a paper yet, but the trek led me to this wonderful site where you can at least see how much it costs to advrtise, in French and English!
    http://www.jefferson.lib.la.us/genealogy/NewOrleansBeeMain.htm

    Lafcadio Hearn also wrote for the States Item back around that time and you might find his stories wonderful. Here is the book "Inventing New Orleans, the Stories of Lafcadio Hearn"
    http://www.amazon.com/Inventing-New-Orleans-Writings-Lafcadio/dp/1578063531

    That photo really made my hump day.
    Thank you,
    Editilla~New Orleans Ladder

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  3. What a great photo. I'm sure those were hard times, but most kids don't have that type of work ethic these days.

    They're always at the mall, whining for their parents to buy them $150 sneakers and video game consoles.

    In some ways, the kids in this photo were better off.

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    1. and they still had time to build a lean-to for what appears to be a small dog on top of the case to the right of the boys.

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  4. the 1 on the right made me laugh,,bet he was just a wee bit ornery,,speakin from my own experience,,
    oldbear.

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  5. Well, he does have that stick... bet he thwacked the other one with it all the time :)

    But actually, I wonder if they used those rulers to lift the paper fast in the crease to hand it out without messing up the others, then take their pennies with the same hand.

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  6. I don't know if this is before or after the "reform" of how papers were sold. It's quite sad really. The newsboys bought the papers in advance. If they didn't sell them all, they were not able to return them and they became worthless. The competition between newsboys was fierce and dangerous. Often newsboys in major cities like Chicago and NY were homeless and worked in gangs to protect their territory. It was only after it was pointed out by some society ladies that there was an ASPCA but nothing for orphan newsboys that an orphanage was set up, and that became a whole new terrible situation for them.

    http://pastperiodspress.com

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