Harry Cherkos, 435 Catherine St, 7 years of age, sells papers, from 2:30 to 8 P.M. daily. 10 A.M. to midnight on Saturday. Income, 50 cents per day. This boy was caught gambling on Chestnut & 11th Streets. When asked if he gambles said no. Said all earnings go home. This boy has the appearance of being a bit feeble minded. Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, newspaper publishers relied on newspaperboys (“newsies”) to distribute their newspapers on city streets. The newsboys purchased their papers and usually had to sell all of them to make a decent profit. In 1899, with a sudden rise in the cost of newspapers, a contingent of New York City newsies staged a strike against big-time publishers like Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst.