National Newspaper Carrier Day on October 8 celebrates the resilient paper carriers who have been around for as long as newspapers themselves. These fearless riders bring us the news every morning, hot off the press. Whether rain or shine, standing on the street corner, or avoiding disturbing dogs, the dedication of newspaper carriers definitely deserves recognition.
History of International Newspaper Carrier Day
Newspaper Carrier Day honors 10-year-old Blarney Flaherty, the first paperboy hired by the Museum of the City of New York in the United States. In 1833, in response to an advertisement in “The Sun,” calling for “steady men” to apply, young Flaherty hoisted a load of newspapers. Publisher Benjamin Day approved and hired Flaherty, and soon after, the streets of New York were filled with cries of “Paper! Get your paper here!” Since then, countless aspirants have followed in his footsteps, and more than 185 years later, Newspaper Carrier Day honors all of them.
It is remarkable how many great people in history were shaped by the humble beginnings of a paperboy into who they later became, with Albert Einstein, James Cagney, Martin Luther King Jr., and Isaac Asimov among the generations of paper carriers. Being a newspaper carrier sharpens one’s street knowledge, dealing with people, being up to date with the latest news, and becoming a good salesman. In 1960, a Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame was created to acknowledge some of history’s most famous newspaper carriers.
Nowadays, not many young people are newspaper carriers, but the job is still offered to youngsters in many local communities. Young girls and boys brave the weather and other conditions committed to delivering the news to people around the neighborhood.
International Newspaper Carrier Day timeline
Johann Carolus publishes the first regular newspaper in Strasbourg.
10-year-old Blarney Flaherty becomes the first-ever newspaper carrier.
The popular video game “Paperboy” debuts in April.
Young people are mostly hired for the position of newspaper carrier.
International Newspaper Carrier Day FAQs
What is National Newspaper Carrier Day?
National Newspaper Carrier Day is on September 4, recognizing newspaper carriers who are up at the crack of dawn to deliver the news.
What do you do as a newspaper carrier?
Newspaper carriers are tasked with delivering newspapers to both individuals and businesses.
When was the newspaper invented?
In 1609, Johann Carolus published the first regular newspaper in Strasbourg, comprising brief news bulletins.
How to Observe International Newspaper Carrier Day
Thank your paper carrier
If you have a paper carrier who delivers the newspaper, thank them for their commitment. Maybe go beyond verbal expression and give them a sweet treat or a tip for their service.
Play a game
Play the retro game “Paperboy.” Available on P.C. and mobile devices, it is still as entertaining as ever.
Share on social media
Let others know about this holiday. Share information about it on your social media platforms with the hashtag #NewspaperCarrierDay
5 Facts About Your Favorite Newspapers
“The Times” newspaper
“The Times” newspaper did not carry news stories on the front page until 1966.
“The Daily Mirror” innovates
The newspaper was the first in the U.K. to include a free weekly color magazine.
The famous “Times” crossword puzzle
“The Times” crossword first appeared on February 1, 1930.
“The Guardian” changed names
“The Guardian” newspaper was originally called “The Manchester Guardian.”
“The Wall Street Journal” is tops
“The Wall Street Journal’’ is, as of now, the largest newspaper in the U.S. in terms of paid subscriptions.
Why International Newspaper Carrier Day is Important
We salute their commitment
Boys and girls, men and women, have dedicatedly worked through harsh weather conditions to deliver newspapers before our day begins.
Newspaper carriers are important
It is one of those jobs that may not seem prestigious or sought-after, but without which a systematic way of delivering the news will be hindered. Let’s cherish these fine paper carriers.
A little appreciation goes a long way
Just think how boosted your paper carriers’ morale will be if everyone on their daily paper route thanked them for their service?
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