Newsboys' Strike: 120th Anniversary - Day 2

Me at 16 or 17 - A Hardcore Newsies fan

I think the teen years define the word "obsession". You find something you love and you focus all your passion into that one thing. It's a tremendous time of growth and discovery and absolute annoyance on the part of everyone who has to live with you. Haha! 

Enter the world of Newsies fandom. 

There are a few requirements when being a hard core fan of the movie Newsies.
1. A cool name
2. Type fluently in a NY accent
3. Write fanfic (Oh, my gosh, I just found mine!!)
4. Dress like a newsy, talk like a newsy.
5. Know the movie completely by heart from start to finish.

With cool names like "Racetrack Higgins", "Kid Blink", and "Boots", having a nickname is a must. You might be wondering if I had a nickname. Why, yes I did! It's one I gave to myself - Knickerbockers, "Knicks" for short. And no, I'm not talking about the basketball team. I'm talking about the short knee pants that were still a popular fashion for boys at the turn of the 20th century. And the movie Newsies is littered with them! I think they're one of my favorite children's fashion item of all time. That, and the "newsy cap". Oh, and suspenders. Did I own all of those clothing items? Yes. Yes I did. Well, the not the knickerbockers, surprisingly. I couldn't sew at the time, so I made do with a pair of shorts that I sewed buttons onto so I could wear my sweet, cool grandpa suspenders. I seriously thought I had the coolest clothes of all time. Don't we all at that age? (Please say yes...)

I bet by now you're drooling for telling pictures. I know I have more somewhere. I've looked for them, but can't find them! I'll keep looking, and I promise, if I find them, I will definitely share them with you. I was very lucky that my mom supported my odd teenaged obsession. I just told her yesterday that I couldn't believe she let me get away with my horrible fashion choices. She said she loved my unique expression through clothing and hair. I always felt like I could be myself, and I told her it was a wonderful gift that she gave me. 😊

Today's articles cover Day 2 of the newsboy's strike. Enjoy!

* A note about today's articles. The Herald pictures are absolutely fabulous - and you can't find them online anywhere else! I looked for them, but there's this huge gap of available issues. They stop in 1870 and don't pick up again until 1920. So, unless you go to the archives and find them yourself, these are the only articles from the Herald on the strike that you will see. I'm so grateful I got copies back then! So, knock yourself out, kid!

**Please respect all my hard work and investment. Please do not copy, store, or share these photos elsewhere without permission and proper linking back to this blog as well as correctly referencing where all the articles come from. Without the references, they pretty much become useless.
Thank you!

NEW YORK HERALD

New York Herald
22 July 1899

New York Herald
22 July 1899
You can see in this article that the strike is spreading to surrounding areas.
New York Herald
22 July 1899
A new, cool name - "Half Dollar" Williams - is mentioned in this article
New York Herald
22 July 1899

New York Herald
22 July 1899
New York Herald
22 July 1899


New York Tribune

Here is the appearance  of "Kid" Blink and another new name "Mug Magee".
New York Tribune
22 July 1899

New York Times

New York Times
22 July 1899
A few random articles that show the strike fever going on at the time:
New York Times
22 July 1899
New York Times
22 July 1899

NEW YORK SUN

New York Sun
22 July 1899
part 1

New York Sun
22 July 1899
part 2

New York Sun
22 July 1899
part 3

New York Sun
22 July 1899
part 4

New York Sun
22 July 1899
part 5

New York Sun
22 July 1899
part 6

New York Sun
22 July 1899
part 7

New York Sun
22 July 1899
part 8

New York Sun
22 July 1899
part 9
Join me tomorrow for the 3rd day's installment of articles!

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