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African American Newspapers Forum

Remember the Paper Boy ?
In Response To: The World of Black Newspapers ()

I recall my then older brother had a little red wagon that he used to pick up papers from a central location in about 1934 Anniston, Alabama each Thursday. I think the papers came by train or bus and that a barber shop on 15th Street was the drop off point.

Brother would then deliver The Pittsburgh Courier to his customers and collect the weekly fee. He kept an account book but did not offer credit.

In our household reading the paper aloud was a Saturday family activity. Everyone took a turn at reading. I always read the Langston Hughes column where he had conversations with "Jesse B. Semple" in Harlem New York. My dad would read the George Schuyler column and lambast Schuyler as being so conservative.

We kept up with what was occurring nationwide. I will need to check memories with a cousin and I will add more later.

Did you have a paper boy in your family?
Remember Bootsie?
How was the Black News distributed in your town?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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