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'Flashback: Atlanta in the 70s, the Photography of Boyd Lewis'
A fan holds a sign critical of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for his interference in Hank Aaron’s drive to eclipse Babe Ruth’s home run record in Atlanta. When the Atlanta Braves opened the 1974 season at Cincinnati, Aaron was two home runs shy of the mark and hoped to sit the bench to better position himself to break the record in Atlanta, but the commissioner refused. Read more about the work of Boyd Lewis and the new exhibition of his work here.

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 ...

Flashback Photos: The North Georgia mountains, 1930s-1989
Standing on a dirt road with a mountain cabin in the background, a widow holds her infant, while five children stand at her side; her husband was killed in a shooting. Georgia mountains, ca. 1930. AJC file.

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
In this 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. This A&P, photographed in January 1949, was located on Flat Shoals Road in Atlanta.

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 ...

Flashback Fotos: Atlanta's airport through the years
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport hosts an average of more than 250,000 passengers a day and since 1998, Hartsfield-Jackson has been the busiest passenger airport in the world. But it hasn't always been quite that way. In this Flashback Fotos 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. 

In this Flashback Fotos 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
Briarcliff and Clairmont Roads in July 1960. LBGPNS2-043a, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. Check out more of our Flashback Fotos at myajc.com/flashback.

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: Days gone by in Dunwoody
Ah, Dunwoody... It 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. On Aug. 11, 1971, shoppers poured into Atlanta's newest and largest enclosed mall shopping center as the doors opened to Perimeter Mall, located just off I-285 on Ashford-Dunwoody Road.

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
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on October 13, 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 ...

Flashback fotos: Atlanta in 1976
Photo taken Feb. 9, 1976. The original caption: "FORSYTH CLOSES FOR MARTA. Workmen erected these barricades at Forsyth and Alabama streets Sunday and put up similar barricades at Forsyth and Marietta streets to close off the area so that MARTA can begin construction of its Five Points Station, the hub of the coming rapid transit system. Buses will continue to operate on the one-block section until Feb. 16, when the viaduct will be completely closed so that it can be torn down. Construction on the Forsyth Street section is expected to be complete in mid-October 1976. The new viaduct will be built several feet higher to be compatible with the Five Points Station." Guy Hayes/AJC

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: Dr. Alonzo Crim, first black APS superintendent
The weight of racial history was on Alonzo Crim's shoulders when he came from California in 1973 to run Atlanta's public schools. White flight had replaced a white majority with more than 80 percent black enrollment. As soon as Crim arrived, Congressman Andrew Young invited him to a three-day meeting with civil rights leaders, who made him feel as if he were on the witness stand, Crim later wrote. Atlanta was the desegregation case they were watching. Crim felt he disappointed the civil rights veterans when he told them he was merely going to build a system "where students would know that people cared about them and help them achieve." -- Doug Cumming, Pete Scott, AJC archives (original run date: May 4, 2000)

When Dr. Alonzo Crim came from California to run Atlanta's public schools in 1973, he took the helm of a system that had gone from majority white to more than 80 percent black enrollment. Crim, the city's first black superintendent, promised civil rights leaders that his goal was only to ...

Flashback Fotos: University of Georgia integrated, 1961
Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes leave the University of Georgia campus after a trying day on Jan. 10, 1961. They had just completed the necessary qualifications for their entrance at the University of Georgia, where they would become the first black students at the school. Though both would graduate from UGA, they weren't the first to do that. That honor belongs to graduate student Mary Frances Early. You can read her story here. Charles Pugh/AJC

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 ...

Flashback fotos: Manuel Maloof and his Tavern, 1978-2015
Democrat Manuel Maloof with donkey, outside Manuel's Tavern, part of Maloof's re-election campaign for CEO of DeKalb County, Atlanta, Georgia, October, 1987. 

Louie Favorite/	Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff

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
Aerial view of a an unidentified shopping mall and its surrounding parking lot, Atlanta, Georgia, December 21, 1965. Negative envelope: "Atlanta Parking Lots and Shopping Centers. 12-21-65. F. Jillson." All photos by Floyd Jillson/AJC.

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 ...

Flashback Fotos: Oscar the Turkey survives Thanksgiving
As our Thanksgiving gift to you, we bring you a special photo essay from the Atlanta Journal's Rita Santry McGill as she details the sweet, charmed life of one Oscar the Turkey, who lived in Smyrna, Ga., in 1946 and was a family pet – not the family dinner. Here's how Oscar's story begins: Feb. 13, 1946 - Smyrna, Ga. -- It's a rare bird who uses his neck. But Oscar has made himself such a lovable pet that he'll never be eaten. In grocery stores, Oscar is very careful to stand on the customers' side of the counter.

As our Thanksgiving gift to you, we bring you a special photo essay from the Atlanta Journal's Rita Santry McGill as she details the sweet, charmed life of one Oscar the Turkey, who lived in Smyrna, Ga., in 1946 and was a family pet – not the family dinner.

Flashback fotos: Atlanta's Terminal Station, 1905-1970
A view of Terminal Station in 1936.

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 ...

The Downtown Connector, 1950s-2009
July 7, 1977 - Atlanta, Ga - Downtown Connector looking south toward heart of downtown.

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 ...

Flashback fotos: Spaghetti Junction through the years
The photographer writes: "I was driving on the Spaghetti Junction overpass like 10 mph and when I reached my vantage point, I was exhilarated. This shot was taken during what supposed to be morning rush hour." Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. Vino Wong vwong@ajc.com. See more of our Flashback fotos galleries and get a look at Atlanta's past.

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 ...

Flashback Fotos: Memories of Moreland Avenue, 1940s-1991
Moreland Avenue and Euclid Avenue in the 1940s. LBGPNS8-085a, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.

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.

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