A blog about living in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

History: Newspaper Boys - Matawan (1972)

I delivered The Evening Star newspaper in my suburban Washington, DC neighborhood in the late 1960's and early 1970's. I rode my bike from house to house every afternoon and, once a month, I went door to door "collecting." It was a young boy's job. Things were no different here in the Matawan area, it seems, based on this ad from the 19 Apr 1972 edition of The Independent.

The job of paper boy has not only gone gender neutral in the 21st century but it's no longer a kid's job at all. Adults now deliver papers from open windows in their cars. And The Asbury Park Press bills me automatically by credit card.


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