The use of newspaper boys to sell papers on city street corners began in the 1830s. One of the founders of The New York Morning Post, Horace David Shepard, saw boys selling spice cakes for a penny on the New York streets. When he started his newspaper with Horace Greeley, he remembered seeing the boys and thought it would be a good way to sell their newspaper, which sold for two cents a copy. The newspaper boys, or hawkers as they were sometimes called, stood on the street corners and would cry, “Extra!” to get a buyer’s attention. They would keep their supply of newspapers nearby on the sidewalk. Most newspaper boys were either homeless or from poor immigrant families. They were as young as six years old or as old as fourteen or fifteen. Newspaper boys worked hard from early morning until late evening, and many didn’t attend school.
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Describe the scene in the photograph and explain how the culture and economy influenced this form of communication.