Paper Boys in Jambi

Paper boy at one of the most busiest intersections in Jambi (Simpang Jeletung).

Paper boy at one of the most busiest intersections in Jambi (Simpang Jeletung).

There are interesting differences between newspaper delivery in the USA and Indonesia. When I was a child we would deliver papers door-to-door, either walking or riding a bicycle (my brothers and I at times had paper routes). Today adults are delivering newspapers with their cars. And instead of throwing the papers up on the front porches, today the newspapers are placed in special “Newspaper Boxes,” just beneath the mailboxes in front of homes.

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Paper Boy in the USA, from the 1950-60s.

Paper Boy in the USA, from the 1950-60s.
People would buy subscriptions and these boys would daily deliver the papers to people’s front doors.

In Indonesia, newspapers are sold at the busiest intersections, as very young children, as well as adults, walk through the rows of vehicles waiting at traffic lights.

Another difference is that the boys delivering papers in the USA would keep the money for themselves. In Indonesia, the children selling newspapers will always give the money to their parents or guardians.

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