October 1909: newsboys gather outside the offices of the Boston Journal.
These days, with newspapers an endangered species, the newsboy, the young boy who hawked papers in the street, is a real dinosaur.
The city’s newsboys elected a constitutional convention, which met on June 17, 1908. 3,000 newsies arrived to ratify their founding document, creating the Boston Newsboy’s Republic, to govern all the city’s teenage newspaper-hawkers.
The newly formed government would raise the minimum age for newsboys and set a curfew at 8pm, freeing up more time in the evenings for all sellers to spend their hard-won earnings at the movies. They also established the Boston Newsboy’s Trial Court, where young judges, including Judge Harry Hornstein, age 16, heard cases and handed out judgments.