More context, this is a New York Times article from 1912 about the Chicago Newspaper strike.
Think about it, news completely stopped for Chicago, papers weren’t being printed and many more weren’t being delivered as the newsboys joined in.
At the time, there was no 24 hour news coverage, no Internet and very few other options to find out what was going in the world without the paper.
The result was riots in the streets.
While there was an absence of rioting in Chicago to-day, chiefly because of its being Sunday and the consequent issuance of no afternoon papers, the tie-up of the Chicago newspapers resulting from the pressmen’s strike became almost complete.
Of the four morning papers-The Tribune, Record-Herald, Inter-Ocean, and Examiner-probably not more than 50,000 copies in the aggregate were distributed among a population of almost 3,000,000 persons in Chicago proper and another million in the suburbs and adjacent towns.
The most startling event of the day was the discovery of five men climbing up the fire escape of The Evening Journal office. The men, all of whom admitted that they were members of striking unions, were arrested just after one of their number had succeeded in forcing open one of the upper windows in the building.
It’s like Jim Morrison said, “He who controls the media, controls the mind,” and at a time before news was spread out across the four corners, he who controlled the newspapers, controlled the media.
This is not footage from the 1912 Chicago strike, what you’re watching is a clip from 1899 on what newspaper deliver of the time looked like. This was taken in the same year that the famous newsboy strike that the movie Newsies is based on took place.