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The Young Bike Messengers Of The South (23 Photos)

While the streets up north were typically lined with “newsboys,” cities like Nashville and Birmingham were teeming with young fellows zooming in and out of traffic delivering all kinds of things from medical supplies to telegrams.

The Young Bike Messengers Of The South (23 Photos)

November 1910

“Postal Telegraph messenger. Location: Birmingham, Alabama.”

The Young Bike Messengers Of The South (23 Photos)

October 1913

“Luther Wharton, drug store delivery boy, twelve years old. Works from 4:00 P.M. to midnight in Sommers Drug Store. I saw him working at midnight. He goes to school in the daytime, then works from four to twelve. Sundays half a day. Gets $5.00 a week.”

The Young Bike Messengers Of The South (23 Photos)

June 1911

“Postal Telegraph boy, Danville, Va. That night he refused to show me through the Red Light District, said the manager did not permit them to go on such errands.”

The Young Bike Messengers Of The South (23 Photos)

November 1913

“Percy Neville in the heart of the Red Light district. Just come out of one of the houses with message…. He said gleefully ‘She gimme a quarter tip.'”

The Young Bike Messengers Of The South (23 Photos)

October 1913

“Fifteen year old delivery boy for Linders Drug Store…. He works from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. Location: Dallas, Texas.”

The Young Bike Messengers Of The South (23 Photos)

November 1913

“Howard Williams, thirteen year old delivery boy for Shreveport, La. Drug Company. He works from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 P.M.; has been here three months. Goes to the Red Light every day and night. Says that the company could not keep other messenger boys; they work them so hard.”

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