Story: Newspapers

Newsagent and newsboy, Christchurch, early 20th century

Newsagent and newsboy, Christchurch, early 20th century

A forest of newspapers and magazines, including local dailies such as the Canterbury Times, is among the stock of this Christchurch newsagent, photographed in the early 20th century. Many city workers chose to buy newspapers from newsagents rather than subscribe to a delivery service. At right stands a young newsboy, who may have been employed to shout out the day's headlines while selling papers from a busy street corner. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Adam MacLay Collection
Reference: 1/2-183150-G
Photograph by Adam Henry Pearson Maclay

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Mark Derby, 'Newspapers - The heyday of newspapers, 1900–1939', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 March 2023)

Story by Mark Derby, published 22 Oct 2014