In 1914 when this photo was taken it was considered so humorous that it was made into a postcard, with the caption "WHO SAID WATERMELON"
Last week nearly 100 years later the scene repeated itself outside of Vicksburg Mississippi.
Before you get on your politically correct soapbox and start with the "you're a racist" comments take a deep breath.
Is it a funny photo? I don't know, I think in 1914 is was considered cute. Nothing more than kids enjoying the summer. I think its interesting that the more things change the more they stay the same, as clearly southern rural life hasn't changed much in 100 years.
In fact not only do kids still love watermelon on a summer day, but some photographer known only to Cedar Posts thought it was a cute photo opportunity.
So once again two nameless young boys have a brief moment of their lives captured by a photographer with sharp eye. Their lives frozen in time for all eternity, a perpetual summer's day with anticipation of enjoying their find once they get home the only thing on their young minds.
Oh and yes, that's his real hair.
Interesting comments. Some people feel there is still a racial stigma associated with watermelons. In fact as one commenter pointed out there is an entire web site devoted to documenting stereotype images of African Americans.
The site also has images of Jews, Irish Americans, and Arab though those sections are incomplete. The site even notes that some African Americans to this day will not eat watermelon. Frankly I think they are missing out.
The truth is there are images that even today some of us shy away from because of what they represent. I can't fly a confederate flag even though my Great Great Grandfather fought for the South at Gettysburg. I wouldn't dare put on a t-shirt decorated with a rainbow for fear that someone would assume I'm gay.
And so it goes, I guess stereotypes are as prevalent today as they were 100 years ago. But I suggest that its up to us to rise above those stereotypes and accept the fact that this Southerner really likes watermelon.