Carriers' Addresses in the Michigan Historical Collections

During the nineteenth century, newspaper carriers were not paid by the publishers of the papers. They depended on donations from patrons at the end of the year. To remind the public that the carriers depended on their donations, newspaper publishers issued poetic broadsides or booklets for New Years Day. These poems often recounted the major news stories of the previous year, but always closed with a plea to pay the carrier.

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