We were responsible for collecting as well as delivering. Every Friday evening and Saturday morning I had to collect individually from every customer. Some were dead beats that you had to go after repeatedly. Nevertheless, every Saturday morning we had to pay the paper at a station house and what was left over was our earnings. I had a morning route and had to deliver the paper before 6 AM seven days a week, 365 days a year to prevent getting complaints. I probably walked 3 miles every morning. In retrospect that was quite a responsibility for a kid. I don’t think there is any equivalent for that experience today.
The Sunday paper was a killer. It was huge. Since I had a route and my older brother and cousin also had routes my dad helped us out with divided up drops along the way. When we were done he would collect us and take us out for breakfast.