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Flashback photos: Georgia festivals through the years, 1939-1996

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.
Flashback photos: 30 years ago in Georgia, 1987, part two

Flashback photos: 30 years ago in Georgia, 1987, part two

Here’s the second part of our look back at some of the people and places in our city and our state as they were three decades ago, including views of Virginia-Highland and Norcross.
Flashback photos: 30 years ago in Georgia, 1987, part one

Flashback photos: 30 years ago in Georgia, 1987, part one

For some of us, it seems like yesterday. For others, it’s ancient history. Take a look back at some of the people and places in our city and our state as they were three decades ago.
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.
From the AJC archives: Georgia tornadoes through the years

From the AJC archives: Georgia tornadoes through the years

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: Scenes from Atlanta’s historic 1940 snowstorm

Flashback Photos: Scenes from Atlanta’s historic 1940 snowstorm

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: Atlanta's love affair with cars

Flashback Photos: Atlanta's love affair with cars

In this installment of the AJC's Flashback Photos series, we take a look at Atlantans, Georgians, some cool cars and the people who loved them.
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: Some pretty cool experiments at Georgia Tech

Flashback Photos: Some pretty cool experiments at Georgia Tech

Check out these cool experiments that happened at Atlanta's own Georgia Tech and meet the folks behind them.
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 Photos: Atlanta people and places in the 1950s, '60s and '70s

Flashback Photos: Atlanta people and places in the 1950s, '60s and '70s

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.
'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 fotos: Druid Hills and North Druid Hills, 1936-1986

Flashback fotos: Druid Hills and North Druid Hills, 1936-1986

Take a look back at the leafy stretch of Atlanta and Dekalb that contains some of the city's oldest mansions.
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 Fotos: Gwinnett Place through the years

Flashback Fotos: Gwinnett Place through the years

Here's a look back at many of faces of Gwinnett Place through the years: their construction, grand openings, renovations and more.
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 fotos: Atlanta and Georgia in 1966

Flashback fotos: Atlanta and Georgia in 1966

As we head into a new year, let's take a look back at what our city and state looked like 50 years ago.
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: Alexander Memorial Coliseum construction

Flashback Fotos: Alexander Memorial Coliseum construction

Nearly 60 years ago, Georgia Tech's basketball arena -- Alexander Memorial Coliseum -- made its debut at the corner of 10th and Fowler in downtown Atlanta.
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...
The Downtown Connector, 1950s-2009

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 fotos: Spaghetti Junction through the years

Flashback fotos: 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 Fotos: Memories of Moreland Avenue, 1940s-1991

Flashback Fotos: 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.
Roswell Road revisited, 1950-1991

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.
Flashback Fotos: School in Georgia through the years

Flashback Fotos: School in Georgia through the years

Flashback Fotos: Northside High School in Georgia racially integrates

Flashback Fotos: Northside High School in Georgia racially integrates

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: The destruction of Atlanta's Omni Coliseum

Flashback Fotos: The destruction of Atlanta's Omni Coliseum

Going, going, gone! In 10.5 loud, dusty seconds early Saturday morning, the Omni was no more. Atlanta's Omni Coliseum was demolished July 26, 1997.
Flashback Photos: Fourth of July in Georgia

Flashback Photos: Fourth of July in Georgia

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.
PHOTOS: Atlanta race tracks and speedways

PHOTOS: Atlanta race tracks and speedways

Flashback Fotos: Gay Rights in 1980s Atlanta

Flashback Fotos: Gay Rights in 1980s Atlanta

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 fotos: Breaking ground on Buford Dam, 1950

Flashback fotos: 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 fotos: Marietta Street, westward from the heart of Atlanta (1871-1960s)

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.

myAJC Flashback fotos: 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.

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

Flashback Fotos: 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 Fotos: MARTA rail service in Atlanta

Flashback Fotos: 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: A ride down 14th Street, 1946-2009

Flashback fotos: A ride down 14th Street, 1946-2009

Running through the heart of Midtown, 14th Street has seen huge changes in its long history. The street travels from east to west, from the Westside to the gates of Piedmont Park.
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 fotos: Memorial Drive memories, 1946-2014

Flashback fotos: 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 Fotos gallery.
Flashback fotos: Navigating North Avenue, 1946-1999

Flashback fotos: 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 fotos: Take Piedmont Avenue into the past

Flashback fotos: 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: 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...
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 Fotos: Atlanta's one and only Little Five Points

Flashback Fotos: 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...
myAJC Flashback Fotos: Time-traveling down Ponce de Leon Avenue

myAJC Flashback Fotos: 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 Fotos: The REALLY Real Housewives of Atlanta

Flashback Fotos: 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 Fotos: Historic Auburn Avenue

Flashback Fotos: Historic Auburn Avenue

Auburn Avenue, a hub of Atlanta's black community for decades, is shown in archive photos from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Atlanta History Center.
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 Fotos: Atlanta's Cabbagetown in the '70s and '80s

Flashback Fotos: Atlanta's Cabbagetown in the '70s and '80s

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.
Flashback Fotos: The final days (and destruction) of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

Flashback Fotos: The final days (and destruction) of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

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.
Photos: Margaret Mitchell and her legacy

Photos: Margaret Mitchell and her legacy

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.
Flashback Fotos: The Chattahoochee Raft Race

Flashback Fotos: 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.
Furman Bisher: A career in photos

Furman Bisher: A career in photos

Furman Bisher, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Hall of Fame columnist for 59 years.
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