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In the early twentieth century, selling newspapers on the streets of a large city
was one of the main jobs available to young boys (DN-0001753, DN-0001752). Many
newsboys supported themselves or helped support their families by selling newspapers.
Some of the newsboys had dropped out of school and spent many hours on the streets
(DN-0003267). Several times in this collection a newspaper photographer
focused on a different subject for a story but captured a glimpse of a newsboy as
well (DN-0000953, DN-0001226, DN-0069682, DN-0002085).
Newsboys were an integral part of the newspaper industry. Some newsboys were
newspaper carriers who delivered newspapers along a regular route. Others sold
newspapers from a busy street corner, a newspaper stand, or a cart (DN-0001792,
DN-0001791). In Chicago, where it is possible to travel from one side of the downtown
business district to another by river, the newspaper company even used a water taxi
to distribute newspapers with late-breaking news to newsboys (DN-0090177).