Story: Street life



A Wellington newsboy advertises the Evening Post on the first day of the Second World War. The piercing call of the newsboys was a regular feature of city life until the demise of evening newspapers in the late 20th century. Generally the call was the name of the paper or the lead story. Usually each boy had a certain number of papers to sell before he could end his shift. Some boys tried to shift their pile more quickly by selling in pubs or workplaces. During the 1970s girls also took up stands.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War History Collection (DA-01514)
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Ben Schrader, 'Street life - Street trade and people, 1915–2008', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 May 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010