10 Vintage Photos of the Great American Worker

What’s interesting about this farming family growing casaba melons in this 1918 photograph is not the people or even the tasty melons, but the fact that this location is actually the middle of the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood and is now a parking lot on the corner of Sunset Blvd and Harper Ave.

Although this family has produced quite an impressive crop of casaba melons, these creamy-green, juicy, and lightly sweet melons were only introduced to the United States in the late nineteenth century when they were imported from Kasaba, Turkey. They had been cultivated in Persia thousands of years ago.

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