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This 1953 Times Free Press photo by Bob Sherrill shows a 13-pound turnip held up by a 17-year-old newspaper carrier, Harvey Palmer.

Bingo!

After months of off-and-on searching, we finally found the origin of the accompanying photograph of a giant turnip.

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Taken by former Chattanooga News-Free Press photographer Bob Sherrill, it was published in the newspaper on Saturday, Feb. 7, 1953.

The caption read: "Harvey Palmer, 17, of Ridgedale, holds up a 13-pound turnip grown by Elbert Freeman, who lives on Johnson Road, six miles from Rossville, Georgia. Palmer is a News-Free Press carrier and Freeman is a friend of Palmer's father."

The photo appeared at the bottom of Page 3 of the newspaper that day under an article listing the members of the Honor Roll of the Chattanooga Valley Consolidated School "for the third six-week period."

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There was also a story that day that said that the United States government collected a total of $62 billion in taxes in 1952, 70 years ago.

In the middle of the 20th century even newspapers like the former Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga News-Free Press in mid-sized American cities were hyper-local, often publishing news that today might seem trivial — or more likely relegated to Facebook or Instagram.

Back in the day, it was actually not unusual for photos of giant garden vegetables to make it into print as conversation starters.

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In case you're wondering, the current world record for turnip size was set last year when a Canadian farmer showed off a root vegetable that weighed 29 kilograms, or about 64 pounds, nearly five times the weight of the turnip in this photo.

This vintage photo, and others, are archived at ChattanoogaHistory.com. Follow the "Remember When, Chattanooga" public group on Facebook.

Contact Mark Kennedy at mkennedy@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6645. Follow him on Twitter @TFPcolumnist.

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