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Newspaper delivery truck for The Washington Times. Image courtesy US Library of Congress. Many a fine journalist started out by delivering their local paper as a youth. Newspaper-industry folklore suggests that the very first paperboy was 10-year-old Barney Flaherty. In 1833 he answered an advertisement in the New York Sun which read "To the unemployed: A number of steady men can find employment by vending this paper."

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