Festivals have been a staple of Georgia’s spring and fall calendar for many decades. It seems there are more now than ever before. Take a look at the early days of some festivals that are still going strong, and a few that are long gone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These photos, all taken by staff photographer Charles Pugh, come from the AJC archive. It's a collection that highlights a few well-known landmarks and some hidden gems. Pugh worked for the paper for more than 30 years and died in 2003 at the age of 82.
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...
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.
Mandi Albright, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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).
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...
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).
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the points in Five Points, Marietta Street radiates westward from the heart of Atlanta and it's been a center of commerce (and government) since the 19th century. Take a look at some photos from the street's long history.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 Fotos gallery.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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).
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.
This entry in the MyAJC.com Flashback Fotos series takes a look at Atlanta's Cabbagetown neighborhood as it was in the late 1970s and early 1980s as seen through the lenses of Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographers.
As the Atlanta Braves announce plans to leave Turner Field for a new facility in Cobb County, here's a look back at the final days of Turner Field's predecessor, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The stadium was demolished following the 1996 Olympics when the Braves moved to the new facility.
Friday, Nov. 8, 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.
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.