"the newsboy selling the latest gossip"
'A London Newsboy' (1904) by A E Mulready - Credit: Bonhams
were a common sight on the streets in the nineteenth century. Whilst newsagents’ shops did exist (typically also selling stationery), many people received their daily papers through a subscription. The newsboy was hired by the newsagent to take the papers to subscribers’ houses, collect them from the newspaper offices in the mornings, run errands and also sell extra copies on the streets. In order to attract trade, the newsboy would keep up a constant patter including the name of the papers available and the days’ headlines.