The photo above shows several Baldwynians in 1941 visiting the Memphis office of the J. R. Watkins company. Do you recognize any of your relatives or friends? There are so many familiar faces in the photo, but putting a name to most is tough. Mr. McCary is at the top and some of the ladies near the front are from Baldwyn.
These were sales people who came by your home and showed the 400 item catalog and took orders for the medicines, baking goods, and other household items. These were your neighbors, and you were eager to buy the products they had to offer.
Door-to-door sales people you knew were welcomed into your home then. There were many different companies that had local representatives that came by. Along with the Watkins group, there was the Stanley and several vacuum cleaner companies that would come to call. Some were welcome and some were not.
I had a girlfriend near Wheeler once (name withheld) that vowed to wait for me for however long I was away in the Army. She married while I was gone and later left her husband and ran off to parts unknown with the Standard Coffee salesman (a door-to-door routeman). Good riddance!
Photo courtesy of Tootsie McVay.