Newspapers celebrated on Sept. 4

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Sept. 4 is Newspaper Carrier Day, a U.S. national celebration that honors Barney Flaherty, the first newspaper carrier, or rather "Paperboy,” and all current newspaper carriers.

According to a captioned picture released by the Museum of the City of New York, it was on Sept. 4, 1833, that the publisher Benjamin Day hired Flaherty when he was only 10.

Flaherty answered Day’s advertisement in The Sun which had specified that a “steady men” could apply. Impressed by the boy’s genuineness, Day gave him the job. On street corners, Flaherty could soon be heard heralding his sales pitch. It would then become a universal chorus of guys calling, “Paper! Get your paper, here!”

A number of steady men can find employment by vending this paper. A liberal discount is allowed to those who buy to sell again.
— From Benjamin Day’s 1833 advertisement in The Sun

There is a Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame, founded in 1960 to acknowledge the most famous newspaper carriers in U.N. history, including Martin Luther King Jr., Warren Buffett and John Wayne.

Newspaper delivery is the last stage of the newspaper circulation. It consists of distributing newspapers to those who are interested. In the past, the most common method was selling newspapers on the street, or in favorable locations, either by a paperboy or at a newsstand. Another common way was delivering newspapers to subscribers on a regular route, usually by bicycle or automobile.

This day recognizes the importance of newspaper carriers all over the world, as they get the newspapers each day into the hands of millions of readers, in all kinds of weather conditions.

Especially on this day, newspaper carriers should feel proud about their work, as well as the effect they have on society, just like the headlines they deliver.