ERIC Number: ED308534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
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The Flying Newsboy: A Small Daily Attempts Air Delivery.
Watts, Elizabeth A.
For 10 months in 1929-30, subscribers to "The McCook (Nebraska) Daily Gazette" (a daily newspaper serving 33 towns in southwestern Nebraska and northwestern Kansas) received their newspapers via air delivery with "The Newsboy," a Curtis Robin cabin monoplane. In an age when over-the-road travel was difficult and air travel was just emerging, reasons for air delivery included: (1) the condition of roads (the majority of the roads in the "Gazette's" circulation area were either dirt or gravel, with widely varying standards of maintenance); (2) increasing postal rates; (3) the general interest in aviation, which had increased greatly in the previous decade; and (4) the enterprising nature of the "Gazette's" publisher, Harry D. Strunk. Although a windstorm put "The Newsboy" out of service in 1930, Strunk succeeded in establishing a broader base of loyal readers through this effort. (Seventy-two notes are attached. A map of the circulation area, an appendix listing towns served and their populations, and an appendix showing distances conclude the paper.) (SR)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas; Nebraska