Postcards from the Past

The past will return for another Christmas, thanks to the team behind “Tupelo Area Picture Postcards Volume II: Lee County.”
In 2008, “Mem” Leake, Bill Lyle, Boyd Yarbrough, Julian Riley and David Baker released their first volume of picture postcards that showed Tupelo homes, churches, businesses and other landmarks.
“Volume II” includes a look at Park Lake, also known as Gum Pond, from 1907, an early view of the Private John Allen Fish Hatchery and a shot of North Mississippi Community Hospital sitting on a hill.
“I like the one of the Lyric Theatre,” Baker said. “Of course, it was the Old Strand Theatre, and the Comus Theatre before that.”
The new collection goes beyond Tupelo’s borders to feature historic postcards of Baldwyn, Saltillo, Verona, Shannon, Nettleton and Sherman.
You’ll find shots of the Verona Presbyterian Church, a Frisco engine in Nettleton, Sherman before its streets were paved and many more.
“We tried to schedule it to have it hit at the Christmas season,” Lyle said. “It’s something for somebody who has everything.”
The book is $39.95, and it’ll be available at Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore, Village Green, Oren Dunn City Museum and the Lee County Library gift shop.
The authors will have a book signing at noon Nov. 10 at Reed’s, and proceeds will benefit the Dunn museum.

Changing plans
The idea for ‘Volume I’ began about four years ago.
“It started with a project to make a calendar, and that evolved into this,” Yarbrough said.
The plan continues to expand.
“After we finished the first one, we knew we had enough for another one,” Lyle said. “We’ve already done ‘Volume III.’ That’s Tippah and Union County. We’ve already got ‘IV’ and ‘V.’” planned.”
“Volume III” will be available at the Union County Heritage Museum in New Albany, Blue Mountain College and Tippah County Development Foundation in Ripley for $39.95.
Number “IV” will focus on Pontotoc, Okolona and Houston, while the fifth installment will be geared toward Amory and Aberdeen audiences.
All of the books will offer trips
through Northeast Mississippi’s past, and they’ll probably start a few discussions in the present.
“It’s a shame that building was destroyed,” Riley said, talking about the Union Station depot in Tupelo. “It would’ve made a great museum.”
“Only if they could have fixed the odor,” Baker recalled. “It smelled terrible.”

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