“Extra, extra!!” In the 19th and 20th centuries, newspaper publishers relied on newspaperboys (“newsies”) to distribute their newspapers on city streets. The newsboys purchased their papers and usually had to sell all of them to make a decent profit. In 1899, with a sudden rise in the cost of newspapers, a contingent of New York City newsies staged a strike against big-time publishers like Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. Read more about it!
The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.
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- July 1899. Hundreds of New York City newsboys refuse to distribute the papers of Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst because of increased prices.
- May 1902. "Mogy" Bernstein, the Western "King of the Newsies," establishes a home for Omaha newsboys.
- August 16, 1904. Newsboys’ day is held at the St. Louis World’s Fair. Sellers from around the country arrive to attend the convention. With the leadership of John Guenkel, they formed the National Newsboys’ Association, which eventually evolved into the Boys Clubs and Girls Clubs we know today.
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Sample Articles from Chronicling America:
- "Newsboy Guest,"
The Evening World (New York, NY),
December 19, 1891, Sporting Extra, Image 1, col. 4.
- "Great Meet of Newsboys,"
The Sun (New York, NY),
July 25, 1899, Page 2, Image 2, col. 1-3.
- "Strike of Newsboys Settled,"
The Evening Bulletin (Maysville, KY),
July 27, 1899, Page 1, Image 1, col.1.
- "'Mogy' and His Newsboys,"
New-York Tribune (New York, NY),
May 26, 1902, Page 5, Image 5, col. 6.
- "King Mogy and Some of his Subjects in the realm of the Newsboy ,"
St. Paul Globe (St. Paul, MN),
May 17, 1903, Page 11, Image 11, col. 2-5
- "Death of Butch, Race Track Newsy,"
The Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA),
September 16, 1906, Page 3, Image 15, col. 1-2.
- "What One Man Did for Newsies ,"
The Washington Herald (Washington, DC),
May 23, 1909, Literary Magazine Section, Third Part, Page 6, Image 26, col. 1-3.
- "Four Small 'Newsies' Win Prizes in Bulletin Contest,"
Evening Bulletin (Honolulu, HI),
October 21, 1911, Page 10, Image 10, col. 3-4.
- "Boy with One Leg Rules a City's Newsies,"
The Day Book (Chicago, IL),
July 2, 1914, Noon Edition, Image 22, col. 1.
- "Little Newsies to Get a Square Deal,"
The Tacoma Times (Tacoma, WA),
July 30, 1915, Page 1, Image 1, col. 4-5.