Sounds familiar. Bikes had only one speed, stand up on the peddles to make it up a hill. "Collected" on Saturday mornings, 30 cents a week for 6 daily papers. Some folks paid every week, some might even tip a nickel. Other folks paid sporadically, some short of cash, some stingy, hoping you would forget. Sometimes had to threaten to stop the paper. Every one had a preference for where the paper was left, mailbox, milkbox, backdoor, etc.