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National Wildlife Day / National Newspaper Carrier Day
National Wildlife Day
This day encourages improved awareness of the species around us and in the broader world. This National Day aims to focus on endangered species, preservation, and conservation efforts around the world. Zoos, aviaries and marine sanctuaries provide a variety of ways to get involved. I believe we are losing species at an alarming rate. Sad and problematic.
National Newspaper Carrier Day
While the routine of the newspaper carrier has changed over the years, they still exist in some form. The average ages have changed, too, since the dawn of the first paper carrier. And perhaps, the delivery methods have changed. However, they all owe their start to an enterprising young immigrant in New York City over 180 years ago. As the tradition gradually fades, their history becomes no less fascinating.
According to a captioned photo released by the Museum of the City of New York, The Sun’s publisher Benjamin Day hired the first paperboy on Septemeber 4, 1833. 10-year-old Barney Flaherty answered the advertisement that September day although the ad specified that “steady men” could apply. Benjamin Day was so impressed by the boy’s sincerity, he gave him the job.
Down on the corner, Flaherty could soon be heard hawking his sales pitch. Eventually, a universal chorus of boys (and sometimes girls) calling, “Paper! Get your paper, here!” could be heard on the streets selling papers.
In 1960, The Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame was created to acknowledge some famous newspaper carriers in our nation’s history. Included in the Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame are Martin Luther King Jr., Warren Buffet and John Wayne.
Any of you out there been newspaper carriers as a kid?