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The Newsboys of New York.
The Children’s Aid Society Collection and the George Eastman House

INAUGURATION
OF A NEWSBOY

The first organized effort to help the homeless newsboys was made in 1853, when Charles Loring Brace, a Protestant minister, started a newsboy’s lodging home and founded the Children’s Aid Society. The society was responsible for placing out newsboys, bootblacks, and children of the street on orphan trains headed west, where they found new family homes. Decisions to go West, stay in New York, or move to an alternative East Coast location were made by the society and the child. The children were called orphans, yet many had living relatives.

Once a child departed on the train, neither parent nor child knew how to find each other. Others were orphans, “half orphans” and neglected children abandoned on the city streets.  

This section is dedicated to the newsboys, bootblacks and children of the street. The newsboys not only sold the news, they were very often a part of the news. On the following pages, you’ll meet “the newsboys of New York” and discover their link to the orphan trains.

   

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