National Newspaper Carrier Day | September 4
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


National Newspaper Carrier Day on September 4th recognizes the dedicated newspaper carriers who deliver the news in the wee hours of the morning.  


A lot has changed since the first newspaper carrier. Not only have the routines changed, but their methods and the age of the people delivering has changed, too. However, the newspaper carrier still exists in some form. Each and every newspaper carrier 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. A 10-year-old Barney Flaherty answered the advertisement that September day. And although the ad specified for “steady men” to apply, Flaherty so impressed the editor that Day was so impressed by the boy’s sincerity; he gave him the job.

Down on the corner, passersby soon heard Flaherty hawking his sales pitch. Eventually, the universal chorus of boys (and sometimes girls) calling, “Paper! Get your paper, here!” could be heard on the streets selling papers.

Quote markA number of steady men can find employment by vending this paper.  A liberal discount is allowed to those who buy to sell again.
~ Benjamin Day’s 1833 advertisement in The Sun.

In 1960, The Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame was created. It acknowledges some famous newspaper carriers in our nation’s history, too. Included in the Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame are Martin Luther King Jr., Warren Buffet, and John Wayne. 


Show your newspaper carrier a little extra appreciation. A box of chocolates, a card, or a simple “thank you” would make their day a little brighter. Enjoy the ease that we have in being able to wake up, get our coffee, and have a paper to read before getting out of our pajamas!  

If you were a newspaper carrier, take the day to reminisce a bit. Share stories from your delivery routes and the people you knew then. 

Use #NewspaperCarrierDay to post on social media.


We were unable to identify the founder of National Newspaper Carrier Day. However, the day does commemorate the day Flaherty landed the job and made it a success.

Newspapers FAQ

Q. Where can I search old newspapers for free?
A. The Library of Congress has a large archive of newspapers available to read online. You can also visit your local libraries and some newspapers offer their archives for free online.

Q. Do children still deliver newspapers?
A. Due to the decline in subscriptions and online payment options, the routes have become less profitable and too large for most children to manage. There was a time when paper delivery occurred after school, making it an ideal afterschool job. Today, almost all newspapers are delivered in the morning or even by a postal carrier.


September 4th Celebrated History


El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles (The town of the Queen of the Angels) is officially founded. Beginning in June of that year, 11 families began settling along the Los Angels River. These families comprised the founding members of the settlement.


Barney Flaherty answered an advertisement in the New York Sun. The 10-year-old became the first paperboy.


The Exchange Buffet opens in New York City. Located across the street from the New York Stock Exchange, the buffet was one of the first to offer self-serve meals.


George Eastman receives patent No. 388,850 for the first roll-film camera. He also trademarked the brand name, Kodak. Four years earlier, Eastman was granted a patent for film-making photography that was more portable and user-friendly than it had ever been before.


Peter Rabbit comes to life for the first time in a letter written to a 5-year-old boy. The character would be featured in The Tale of Peter Rabbit written by Beatrix Potter.


The first lighter-than-air ship built in the United States takes its maiden flight. Commissioned at the U.S.S Shenandoah, it joined the U.S. Navy’s fleet.


NASCAR’s first 500-mile race is held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The event brought the largest crowd ever seen in the city and hosted 75 stock cars.


Mort Walker’s comic strip, Beetle Bailey, debuts. The original strip featured Bailey as a college student, but Walker soon had the character enlisting in the Army.


The game show, The Price is Right, debuts with Bob Barker as its host. The show would go on to be the longest-running American game show on network and syndicated television. Barker would remain the host until 2007 when Drew Carrey stepped into the role.


Google is incorporated. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin continue to grow the search engine and move from Stanford dormitories to a garage.


The Hurt Locker premiers at the Venice International Film Festival. Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty, the film follows a team of elite soldiers on a bomb disposal team.


The Catholic Church canonizes the devoted nun and missionary, Mother Teresa, as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.


September 4th Celebrated Birthdays

Lewis Howard Latimer – 1848

Throughout his career as an inventor, Latimer’s contributions to the lightbulb helped electric lighting progress into universal use. As a draftsman, he worked closely with Alexander Graham Bell on the designs for the telephone patent.

Alfred L Cralle – 1866

Changing the way the world dished up ice cream, the inventor created the “Ice Cream Mold and Disher.” Now known as the ice cream scoop, serving ice cream has never been easier!

William Lyons – 1901

Along with William Walmsley, Lyons co-founded the Swallow Sidecar Company, later known as Jaguar Cars LTD.

Craig Claiborne – 1920

The American journalist wrote for the New York Times as their food editor. Not only did he review restaurants, but he also wrote several cookbooks as well as a memoir and book on etiquette.

Paul Harvey – 1918

The endearing radio announcer is best known for his The Rest of the Story segments. As a teenager, he began his career at KVOO radio in Tulsa, OK.

John McCarthy – 1927

As a computer scientist, McCarthy founded the field of Artificial Intelligence.

Dawn Fraser – 1937

The Olympic swimmer is notable as a three-time gold medalist in the 100-meter freestyle. She is also broke several other records in other races.

Beyoncé Knowles – 1981

The former member of Destiny’s Child went on to a successful solo career. The singer, songwriter, producer, and dancer is one of the music world’s best-selling artists.

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