1890 Newsboys and Bootblacks Go To School

  • Motor coach, advertising sign, King and Yonge Streets, (Executive Department)

    Newsboy License Issued to Richard Jackson

    James Hughes had been increasingly concerned about the welfare of the city’s newsboys and boot blacks (shoeshine boys) since he assumed his position as Chief Inspector. In 1881, he urged the Board of Education to petition the government for the licensing of these boys. In 1890, a by-law was passed requiring that all children working as bootblacks, vendors of newspapers and smallwares obtain a license which, although free, required the child to attend school for at least two hours a day.

    Alfred Pearson

    Black and white photograph


    Black and white photo of two boys wearing suits and caps by street corner stand of newspapers