3¢ Newspaper Boys
Issue Date: October 4, 1952
City: Philadelphia, PA
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforations: 11 x 10½
U.S. #1015 was issued to honor America’s newspaper boys. The stamp pictures a boy delivering newspapers along with a hand holding a torch, symbolizing free enterprise.
“Extra, Extra” – America’s Newspaper Boys
According to legend, the first newspaper boy was 10-year-old Barney Flaherty. Reportedly, Barney answered an 1833 New York Sun advertisement that read “To the Unemployed a number of steady men can find employment by vending this paper.”
From that time on, young boys were the main deliverers of newspapers to the general public. They could be found standing on street corners or walking through neighborhoods. In the early days, the newspaper boys were not employees of the newspapers, rather they bought the papers from the publishers and sold them as independent workers. They could not return the papers and usually earned about 30¢ per day.
Newspaper Carrier Day is held every year on September 4, the anniversary of Barney’s hiring by the paper’s publisher, Benjamin Day.