Extra! Extra! Read all About It! Selling Grit Newspapers
You Wanna Buy a Paper?
When I was but a young boy about the only mail I received in our mailbox were the fliers sent out in bulk mail that didn't even have my name on them. One day I happened to notice one that caught my attention. It was an advertisement soliciting young boys who wanted to earn some extra money by selling a weekly newspaper. Since there weren't many opportunities for boys my age to make extra money the advertisement suddenly seemed appealing with an opportunity to become my own boss and make some extra money. I had recently watched the Thomas Edison story on television and old Thomas, at least in this movie, was selling newspapers and got stuck on a train where he had been selling newspapers and the train left the station before he could get off. The conductor soon discovered him and boxed his ears which contributed to a hearing loss that would plague him the rest of his life.
I didn't know too much about marketing or selling for that matter but I did go around my cotton mill village and ask folks if I started to sell Grit newspapers, would they purchase one from me. I felt I had enough who agreed and soon I made my first order of about 15 papers. I was so happy when I finally went to the post office adjacent to the company store and found my first editions of Grit. My heart beat fast as I carried the package home and unwrapped the package.
I took my papers and began going throughout the community selling all the news that is news to the community. These were great people as they reached into their pants pockets to bring out a change purse to pay the fifteen cents per copy. I got to keep a nickel and had to send the dime back to Grit for the papers sold.
Sometimes I'd hang in front of the community store and peddle my papers to customers coming into the store. Although I only made a couple of dollars each week, my first selling experience taught me much. I had a responsibly and had to keep records and send postal money orders back to pay for my papers.
Do you remember Grit newspapers? Did you ever sell Grit?
- Grit History
GRIT Magazine has a long and storied history.