These men and boys are pictured here on Main Street in Tupelo, in southern Jackson County, next to an unloaded wagon that carried watermelons. Stacked next to the railroad tracks, the melons were obviously intended for shipment to market. The notation on the back explains, “Ed Wallace raised watermelons. Edd Taylor hauled watermelons.” Undoubtedly, a few of the melons escaped shipment and ended up in picnic baskets.
From Watson, Tim, and Elizabeth Jacoway. Newport and Jackson County. Arcadia Publishing, 2016