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Flashback photos: Building Atlanta, 1878-1995

It seems that Atlanta is always under construction. In a way, that’s probably true. There’s always something new going up, or under renovation. We’ve been through quite a few stadiums. Our roads are in constant flux. The airport is ever-expanding. Atlanta is always changing.
Flashback photos: Georgia downtowns, 1908-1987

Flashback photos: Georgia downtowns, 1908-1987

It isn’t necessarily where all the lights are bright and the skyscrapers touch the sky. Sometimes, downtown is just a few shops, or a charming little square. The come in all shapes and sizes. In an earlier time, it was just the place where families would go on a rare occasion to stock up on the supplies that they couldn’t grow or make for themselves. Take a trip to town, and back in time...
Flashback photos: The AJC’s first female photojournalist, Carolyn Carter

Flashback photos: The AJC’s first female photojournalist, Carolyn Carter

Carolyn McKenzie Carter was hired by the Atlanta Journal in 1940 just after graduating from the University of Georgia. The Moultrie native was the newspaper’s first female photojournalist. In 1942, she married Don Carter (a cousin of Jimmy Carter), a fellow journalist at the paper.She would later work at the Journal-Constitution Sunday Magazine. She and her husband moved to Sea Island in...
Flashback photos: Through Gwinnett’s past, 1942-1992

Flashback photos: Through Gwinnett’s past, 1942-1992

Gwinnett County has changed so much, yet some things remain. There are still places of rural quiet, and charming town squares remain and thrive. These days, it’s bisected by an interstate highway and is home to a remarkably diverse population, which gives the county a flavor all its own. Take a look back at some moments from Gwinnett’s past.
Flashback photos: The USS Atlanta, 1864-1980

Flashback photos: The USS Atlanta, 1864-1980

There have been five ships named for Atlanta. The third and most storied of these ships is designated CL-51. April 22 marks the anniversary of the day in 1940 when the ship was laid down, meaning formal construction began with the placement of the keel (the backbone of the ship).
Flashback photos: I-20 through the years, 1960-1997

Flashback photos: I-20 through the years, 1960-1997

We have two major north-south interstate arteries that travel through Atlanta, but only one east-west interstate highway. I-20 travels from South Carolina to west Texas, and was designated in 1959 and mostly completed in the mid-1970s.
Flashback photos: I-75 through the years, 1957-1999

Flashback photos: I-75 through the years, 1957-1999

I-85 has been the talk of the town in recent days, but Atlanta’s other north-south corridor gets its moment in the spotlight this week. The Braves’ new SunTrust Park, situated near the intersection of I-75 and I-285, hosts the team’s home opener on Friday, April 14.
Flashback photos: I-85 through the years, 1951-1997

Flashback photos: I-85 through the years, 1951-1997

It’s brought travelers to and through our city for more than 60 years. It’s carried us to work, and to play. It’s frustrated us, made us yell terrible things and caused us to curse its every curve. But where would we be without I-85? We’re about to find out.
Flashback photos: Women making history in Georgia

Flashback photos: Women making history in Georgia

March 8 is International Women’s Day. In honor of that, let’s take a look back at women in Georgia (and Georgia women) through the years. Some are famous, some not so famous, but they’re breaking barriers and changing the world in their own way.
Flashback photos: 40 years ago, Georgia in 1977

Flashback photos: 40 years ago, Georgia in 1977

Many familiar landmarks you’ll see here still stand, but many do not. Some of the people are still with us, too. The fashions, thank heavens, have changed a lot. Take a look back at our city and our state as it was four decades ago.
Flashback photos: 50 years ago, Georgia in 1967 (part two)

Flashback photos: 50 years ago, Georgia in 1967 (part two)

Some things never change, as Atlanta was in the midst of a building boom in 1967. People change, though, and you’ll recognize a few familiar faces, but they look a bit different. Take a look at our second gathering of photos of Georgia as it was 50 years ago.
Flashback photos: 50 years ago, Georgia in 1967 (Part one)

Flashback photos: 50 years ago, Georgia in 1967 (Part one)

Some things never change, as Atlanta was in the midst of a building boom in 1967. It was out with the old and in with the new. Take a look at Atlanta (and get a bird’s-eye view of Sanford Stadium in Athens) as it was 50 years ago.
Flashback photos: 75 years ago, wartime Georgia 1942

Flashback photos: 75 years ago, wartime Georgia 1942

Take a look back at our state as it was 75 years ago. The U.S. was fully engaged in World War II and it was evident in Georgia, as you can see in a few of the photos here. But other scenes could have played out in peacetime, too. Babies are born, a gubernatorial race is on, football games are played, university art classes are taught and boys take to the water in a boat. 
Flashback Photos: 1884, when the rains last deserted us

Flashback Photos: 1884, when the rains last deserted us

Atlanta hasn't had a rain-free spell as long as this since the days surrounding the election of Grover Cleveland to the office of President of the United States. Here are a few more things associated with that year, including a few historic Georgia buildings.
Flashback photos: Cobb County, 1887-1988

Flashback photos: Cobb County, 1887-1988

Cobb County was established in 1832 and named for U.S. Senator Thomas Willis Cobb. Take a look back at a big chunk of that history in this collection of photos from the AJC's archives and from the Georgia State University archives.
Flashback photos: I-285 turns 47

Flashback photos: I-285 turns 47

It's been called the most dangerous highway in the U.S., but it's become a symbol of our city, for better or worse. I-285, aka the Perimeter, was completed in 1969 and opened with fanfare on Oct. 15, 1969. That makes our circular road 47 years old.
'Flashback: Atlanta in the 70s, the Photography of Boyd Lewis'

'Flashback: Atlanta in the 70s, the Photography of Boyd Lewis'

Boyd Lewis chronicled an often unsettling era of change and progress in Atlanta in the 1970s from his distinctly subversive perch within Atlanta’s alternative press. Now that important era in the city’s evolution comes alive anew through “Flashback: Atlanta in the 70s, The Photography of Boyd Lewis,” a new exhibition showing at the Margaret Mitchell House. Featuring 60 images...
Flashback Photos: The North Georgia mountains, 1930s-1989

Flashback Photos: The North Georgia mountains, 1930s-1989

The North Georgia mountains offer a quiet escape from city life, but the area isn't as quiet as it used to be. Take a look back at the timeless scenic beauty of these Appalachian hills, which remains undimmed by the passage of time and increasing commercial growth.
Flashback Fotos: When Atlanta shopped at the A&P

Flashback Fotos: When Atlanta shopped at the A&P

PHOTOS: In this business-centric installment of the AJC's Flashback Fotos series, we focus on the days when the A&P supermarket was the local grocery store in many an Atlanta neighborhood. Founded in 1859, A&P finally shuttered all of its stores in 2015 after 156 years in business. Step back in time with us and see if we've found the old A&P that served your family years ago.
Flashback Photos: Atlanta's airport through the years

Flashback Photos: Atlanta's airport through the years

In this Flashback Photos installment, we take a trip back in time and visit the Atlanta airport in its many visages -- from its inception as Candler Field to its modern status as an international air hub. March 2016.
Flashback fotos: The streets of DeKalb, 1948-2006

Flashback fotos: The streets of DeKalb, 1948-2006

Let's take a look back at some of DeKalb County's most traveled thoroughfares - Briarcliff, North Decatur, North Druid Hills and LaVista roads - through the years. Some are nearly unrecognizable, while others have changed very little in the decades since some of these photos were taken.
Flashback photos: Days gone by in Dunwoody

Flashback photos: Days gone by in Dunwoody

Photos: Dunwoody, Georgia, officially became a city on Dec. 1, 2008. Before then, although not a chartered city, metro Atlantans knew Dunwoody as a quaint DeKalb town with a personality all its own.
Flashback fotos: Atlanta in 1991

Flashback fotos: Atlanta in 1991

Take a look back at Atlanta 25 years ago. It was the year that the Braves made the first of five appearances in the World Series during the 1990s (they won in 1995). The Georgia Dome was under construction and would open in 1992, and there were transportation projects under way all over town, including some major work on Ga. 316.
Flashback fotos: Atlanta in 1976

Flashback fotos: Atlanta in 1976

Take a trip back 40 years to Atlanta as it was in 1976. It was the year that Elvis Presley performed at the Omni, Burt Reynolds was filming "Smokey and the Bandit" in Georgia, MARTA construction was everywhere and Jimmy Carter was elected president.
Flashback Fotos: University of Georgia integrated, 1961

Flashback Fotos: University of Georgia integrated, 1961

It was 55 years ago this month that Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton E. Holmes became the first black students to attend the University of Georgia in January 1961. Though it wasn't without incident (Hunter's dorm building was vandalized, rioters shouted racial slurs and hurled bottles and bricks), both completed their undergraduate degrees there. Holmes would later become the first black student to graduate...
Flashback photos: Manuel Maloof and his Tavern, 1978-2015

Flashback photos: Manuel Maloof and his Tavern, 1978-2015

The late politician and bar owner turned his neighborhood tavern into an Atlanta institution. With Manuel's Tavern closing for a major overhaul, a bit of our city's history will never be the same. The bar will return, but this marks the end of an era.
Flashback fotos: Atlanta from above, December 1965

Flashback fotos: Atlanta from above, December 1965

Take a flight over Atlanta, as it was 50 years ago this month. On December 21, 1965, AJC photographer Floyd Jillson was sent to take photos of our city from the air. There are shots of downtown, Lenox Square, Greenbriar Mall (then Greenbriar Center), North DeKalb Mall and the Cobb County Shopping Center (later Cobb Center and now home to the International Academy of Smyrna).
Flashback fotos: Atlanta's Terminal Station, 1905-1970

Flashback fotos: Atlanta's Terminal Station, 1905-1970

If you were traveling to or from Atlanta in the early part of the 20th century, it's very likely that your journey would take you through Terminal Station. The ornate building was located where the Richard B. Russell Building now stands, near the intersection of Ted Turner Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (them known as, respectively, Spring Street and Hunter Street). After 65 years, the building...
Flashback photos: The Downtown Connector, 1950s-2009

Flashback photos: The Downtown Connector, 1950s-2009

It was first completed in the 1960s, but we all know it will never truly be finished. The heavily trafficked merger of I-75 and I-85, which takes commuters and tourists through the heart of Atlanta, has its origins in the expressways that sprung up in the '50s (and you'll see some of those early photos here).
Flashback photos: Spaghetti Junction through the years

Flashback photos: Spaghetti Junction through the years

It's become an icon of Atlanta, the criss-crossing strands of traffic that mark the intersection of I-85 and I-285. It's officially known as the Tom Moreland Interchange, but everyone knows it as Spaghetti Junction, a marvel of highway engineering that opened in 1987. It's been feared, cursed and, on rare occasions, grudgingly admired by Atlanta's commuters for almost 30 years. Let's take a look at...
Flashback photos: Memories of Moreland Avenue, 1940s-1991

Flashback photos: Memories of Moreland Avenue, 1940s-1991

Once known as County Line Road, a big chunk of historic Moreland Avenue marks the border between Fulton and DeKalb counties. It's one of the main thoroughfares through Little Five Points and ends at Ponce de Leon Avenue.
Flashback photos: Roswell Road revisited, 1950-1991

Flashback photos: Roswell Road revisited, 1950-1991

Let's take a look at another of Atlanta's most venerable thoroughfares. Roswell Road has been the way north for many decades. It takes travelers from the heart of Buckhead, through Sandy Springs and on to, naturally, Roswell.
Georgia stadiums: Then and now

Georgia stadiums: Then and now

The South is no stranger to sports, and Atlanta boasts some of the best stadiums around. Check out some of Georgia' greatest sports stadiums, before and after.
From Sears to Ponce City Market, 1926-present

From Sears to Ponce City Market, 1926-present

The Sears, Roebuck and Co. Building, a Ponce de Leon Avenue landmark for almost 90 years, is now the Ponce City Market. Take a look back at the building through the years, from its opening in 1926 to now.
Flashback fotos: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at 100

Flashback fotos: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at 100

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, which began as the Scottish Rite Convalescent Home for Crippled Children in Decatur in 1915. Take a look back at the early years of pioneering pediatric care institution. Read more about the history of the hospital and the plans for the anniversary, including a documentary.
Flashback fotos: Of Dogwood Festivals and Dogwood Queens, 1965-1994

Flashback fotos: Of Dogwood Festivals and Dogwood Queens, 1965-1994

This year marks the 79th for Atlanta's signature festival, which takes place in Piedmont Park the weekend of Arpil 10-12. Take a look back at the festival in earlier days, when, so it seems from the photos that live on in the archives, we were most concerned with documenting the festival's queens.
Flashback Photos: Breaking ground on Buford Dam, 1950

Flashback Photos: Breaking ground on Buford Dam, 1950

On March 2, 1950, Georgia dignitaries gathered to break ground on a massive new project that would create a reservoir to provide electricity, flood control and water for Atlanta and the surrounding area. That reservoir would be known as Lake Lanier, named for Georgia-born 19th-century poet Sidney Lanier.
Flashback photos: A racy ride down Cheshire Bridge Road

Flashback photos: A racy ride down Cheshire Bridge Road

Cheshire Bridge Road has been one of Atlanta's adult playgrounds for many years, but it's also home to one of our most venerable and beloved eating establishments, the Colonnade. Take a little trip back in time down Atlanta's naughty little thoroughfare.
Flashback Photos: Once upon Edgewood Avenue, 1890s-2007

Flashback Photos: Once upon Edgewood Avenue, 1890s-2007

It was the main thoroughfare between downtown Atlanta and the city's first suburb, Inman Park, and the street was home to the city's first electric streetcar lines, created to connect the two locations in the 1880s. Edgewood runs through the re-invigorated Old Fourth Ward, and the street is once again host to a streetcar with the launch of service in December 2014.
Flashback Photos: A blast from Buckhead's past, 1911-1993

Flashback Photos: A blast from Buckhead's past, 1911-1993

Fashion, fame and fine dining are all hallmarks of Buckhead, Atlanta's most glamorous district. It wasn't always that way. It used to be a cluster of country estates north of the city, a vacation spot for rich Atlantans, before being annexed in 1952. Take a look back at the Buckhead that was.
Flashback Photos: MARTA rail service in Atlanta

Flashback Photos: MARTA rail service in Atlanta

Since the days when it was known as Terminus, Atlanta has always been a railroad town -- the main transportation hub of the Southeast. Streetcars ferried busy Atlantans until the 1930s. Then, as cars and buses ruled our roads, the commuter train became a thing of the past. But MARTA brought it back in the late 1970s and today there are few Atlantans who don't have a story about riding "the MARTA...
Flashback fotos: The Fox Theatre, 1929-2008

Flashback fotos: The Fox Theatre, 1929-2008

In 2014, the Fox Theatre launches a year of celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the "Save the Fox" campaign, which turned the neglected old theater into a beautiful showplace that thrives today. Take a look back at the theater's history in photographs, including some of the legends that have graced the art-deco masterpiece's stage.
AJC Photo Archive: The flood of 2009

AJC Photo Archive: The flood of 2009

The rain began falling on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009. Before the week was through, creeks and rivers overflowed their banks, streets became waterways and neighborhoods were turned into lakes. Sadly, several people lost their lives in the historic flood and damage estimates at the time topped $500 million.
Flashback Photos: Memorial Drive memories, 1946-2014

Flashback Photos: Memorial Drive memories, 1946-2014

Any history of Atlanta is incomplete without a mention of Memorial Drive, if only because the street is home to Oakland Cemetery. It's a lengthy street, running from downtown to Stone Mountain, with a very long history. Take a look into Memorial Drive's past with our latest Flashback photos gallery.
Flashback Photos: Navigating North Avenue, 1946-1999

Flashback Photos: Navigating North Avenue, 1946-1999

One of Midtown's most famous east-west thoroughfares, North Avenue crosses Peachtree, Piedmont and Spring streets and runs parallel to Ponce de Leon for much of its length. Some sections of the street still look a little familiar after many decades, but you'll find much of it changed beyond recognition. Take a little time-trip down North Avenue.
Flashback Photos: Take Piedmont Avenue into the past

Flashback Photos: Take Piedmont Avenue into the past

One of Atlanta's major thoroughfares, Piedmont Avenue has changed along with the city. Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead, where it becomes Piedmont Road, are all part of the journey. Take a look at some photos of the street and its buildings through the years.
Flashback fotos: A journey down Spring Street, 1930-1985

Flashback fotos: A journey down Spring Street, 1930-1985

One of Atlanta's major thoroughfares, Spring Street has been the home to some of our city's iconic landmarks. Among the street's most memorable and beloved spots is the Varsity, feeding Atlanta since 1928. Between 1980 and 1986, it was home to the 688 Club, a live music venue that still lives in the hearts of many who were lucky enough to catch a show there. Page through these photos and take a little...
Flashback Fotos: Atlanta landmarks that are gone

Flashback Fotos: Atlanta landmarks that are gone

The Atlanta Cyclorama will move from its Grant Park home to new digs in Buckhead at the Atlanta History Center. But what about the neoclassical building that's housed the Civil War painting since 1921? Word is, the stately old edifice will be preserved and repurposed in a new role as part of a Zoo Atlanta expansion. Many other Atlanta landmarks haven't been so fortunate, however. Here's our look back...
Flashback Fotos: Atlanta loves a parade

Flashback Fotos: Atlanta loves a parade

In this edition of our Flashback Fotos series, our trip into the AJC photo archives takes us back to the days when Atlanta truly got all dolled up for parades of all stripes (and stars).
Flashback Fotos: Zoo Atlanta, the early days

Flashback Fotos: Zoo Atlanta, the early days

Our city's zoo existed long before it was called Zoo Atlanta. Before the name change in 1985, it was known as Grant Park Zoo. It began in March, 1889, when a traveling circus stalled on its way to Marietta. The caged, stranded animals began to draw crowds. A local businessman George Valentine Gress purchased the animals at auction and donated them to the city. The collection grew much larger in 1935...
Flashback Fotos: When Atlanta had streetcars, 1871-1949

Flashback Fotos: When Atlanta had streetcars, 1871-1949

Atlanta will soon have new streetcars, but this isn't the city's first experience with this mode of transportation. From 1871 until April of 1949, streetcars carried folks all over town. Atlanta wasn't the only Georgia city with streetcars. You'll also see a photo of a streetcar in Gainesville during the frigid winter of 1909.
Flashback photos: Once upon a time in Decatur

Flashback photos: Once upon a time in Decatur

It used to be a small town nestled just to the east of Atlanta, but it grew into the thriving city we know today. It was actually established about 15 years before Atlanta (1822 for Decatur, 1837 for Atlanta). Take a look back at Decatur through the years from the 1940s into the 1980s.
Flashback Fotos: Aerial Atlanta, the city from above 1905-1988

Flashback Fotos: Aerial Atlanta, the city from above 1905-1988

Atlanta's landscape is ever-changing, and that's not a recent development. It seems that nothing stays the same for very long in our city and you can see that in these photos taken from above, some from airplanes, some from tall buildings. It's the perfect way to see how much Atlanta changed during the 20th century.
Photos: Remembering Atlanta's Omni

Photos: Remembering Atlanta's Omni

Only on MyAJC.com: Take a look back at the Atlanta venue that hosted everything from Elvis Presley and KISS concerts to the Hawks, hockey, wrestling and more.
Flashback Photos: Atlanta's one and only Little Five Points

Flashback Photos: Atlanta's one and only Little Five Points

In this edition of our Flashback Fotos series, we take a look at Atlanta's quirkiest neighborhood, Little Five Points. In a city boasting a patchwork of eclectic areas, L5P has always stood out from the rest as a haven for a colorful assortment of artists, musicians, entrepreneurs and various others who opted to truly follow their bliss. And Little Five Points has always done its own thing with a fabulously...
Flashback Photos: Time-traveling down Ponce de Leon Avenue

Flashback Photos: Time-traveling down Ponce de Leon Avenue

When most people think of Atlanta streets, Peachtree Street immediately springs to mind. But many Atlantans will think of Ponce de Leon Avenue. It's a street lined with history and culture, both high and low. From the palatial homes of the Candlers and the beautiful churches, to the grittier pleasures of the Plaza Theatre and the Clermont Lounge, Ponce is one of Atlanta's most vibrant thoroughfares...
Flashback Photos: The REALLY Real Housewives of Atlanta

Flashback Photos: The REALLY Real Housewives of Atlanta

The latest entry in the MyAJC.com Flashback Fotos series details the daily lives of Atlanta's true "real housewives" as seen through the lenses of Journal-Constitution photographers in the years before reality TV (and in some cases, before TV at all).
Flashback Photos: Atlanta's Midtown from 1970 to 1990

Flashback Photos: Atlanta's Midtown from 1970 to 1990

This entry in the MyAJC.com Flashback Photos series takes a look at Atlanta's Midtown neighborhood during a generation of change and growth from 1970-1990 as seen through the lenses of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's photographers.
Flashback photos: A brief history of Georgia deep freezes

Flashback photos: A brief history of Georgia deep freezes

Sure, it's beginning to look like snow, but this isn't the first time we've had to deal with frigid precipitation and cold in Georgia. Remember the icepocalypse of 2011? How about the Blizzard of 1993? Then there was the 1908 ice storm that devastated Gainesville. Take a chilly trip back in time with our cool gallery.
Photos: Margaret Mitchell and her legacy

Photos: Margaret Mitchell and her legacy

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, marked 113 years since the birth of Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone With the Wind." She was born on Nov. 8, 1900 in Atlanta and lived here for most of her life. She died at Grady Memorial Hospital in 1949 after being struck by a car on Peachtree Street.
Flashback Photos: The Chattahoochee Raft Race

Flashback Photos: The Chattahoochee Raft Race

From the AJC photo archives: As much spectator event as it was a "sport," Atlanta's Chattahoochee Raft Race was the place to party throughout the '70s. Re-live the good old days with us through pictures.
Gone With the Wind' premiere in 1939

Gone With the Wind' premiere in 1939

The premiere of "Gone With the Wind" at the Loew's Grand on Dec. 15, 1939, brought Hollywood to Atlanta. Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Olivia de Havilland were all in attendance as fans swarmed the streets.
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