My AJC Flashback Fotos

‘We Ain’t Mad With Nobody’

Sept. 19, 1980 – ‘We Ain’t Mad With Nobody’ epitomizes the unique Little Five Points business model, where a store is also a statement.

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 Southern flair. Go to to trip back in time to view Little Five Points through the lenses of our Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographers during the late ‘70s and early '80s when the area was steadily developing into the robust L5P we know and love today.

 Photo by Jerome McClendon

The downtown connector

July 7, 1977 - A view of the Downtown Connector looking south toward the heart of downtown Atlanta.

In this edition of our Flashback Fotos series, we look at the evolution of the metro Atlanta freeway and interstate highway system starting in the 1950s. Trip back in time now as we view the freeing of our freeways (again and again and… well, you get the point) through the lenses of our Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographers. Go to to see more images.

Voting in the ‘Peach State’

Aug. 5, 1980-The voting booths at Inman Middle School in Atlanta were crowded when this shot was taken and our question is – can you guess who’s voting which ticket?

In this edition of our Flashback Fotos series, we take a look back into the AJC photo archives and revisit the days before computerized voting became the norm in the Peach State. Go to see more images.

Photo by Steve Huber / AJC file

A beer ‘Full of Good Cheer’

1949 - A worker checks the factory beer barrels at the Atlantic Brewing Company in February 1949. According to the book “Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub of the South,” ABC’s “long aging process and more flavorful beers placed a higher burden on the brewery than did other breweries’ technologies for mass production.” AJC FILE

In February 1949, the newspaper did a feature on the Atlantic Brewing Company. The Atlantic Company bought or built five Southern breweries, establishing its Georgia brewery in 1935. But the brewery got its start back in 1858 as the City Brewery, going through many name changes and various business incarnations due to Prohibition. Steinerbru, shown on billboards in this photo, was one of ABC’s oldest lines. The brewery was located at the corner of Courtland (then Collins) and Harris Streets in downtown Atlanta and was demolished in 1955. The cellars were destroyed in 1973. – Information from “Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub of the South” and the Atlanta History Center. Go to to see more images.

Spring Street

1985 - Cars parked outside of the Varsity Drive-In restaurant, with the downtown skyline in the background. AJC file.

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 nostalgic trip down Spring Street. Go to to see more images.

Zoo Atlanta

1949 - Children’s excursion to the zoo. Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library

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, when Coca-Cola’s Asa G. Candler Jr. donated his collection of exotic animals, previously housed on his Briarcliff Road property, to the zoo in 1935. Many of these photos were taken soon after that acquisition. Go to to see Flashback Fotos.

A traffic jam? In Atlanta?

1954 – Patrolman S.G. Peeples talks to a female motorist whose auto transmission locked all wheels of the vehicle in the center of the Peachtree and Ellis Streets intersection.

In this edition of our Flashback Fotos series, our trip into the AJC photo archives takes us onto the streets and out on the beat with Atlanta policemen through the years. Go to to see more images.

#FlashBackFriday Loew’s Grand Theatre: Elegance and art all in one

Opened 1893, demolished 1978 – Perhaps it’s unfair to say that the Loew’s Grand Theatre is “gone” from the Atlanta landscape. True, the building itself no longer exists. But parts of it live on. Bricks from the old structure were used to build Houston’s restaurant on Peachtree and a chandelier from the Grand now hangs in The Tabernacle for a new generation of concertgoers to appreciate. Fitting for a landmark that, during its lifespan, enjoyed an existence first as DeGive’s Grand Opera House from 1893-1927 before finding new life with the advent of motion pictures. The Loews organization purchased the Grand in 1927, converting it into a movie theater. From that point, the Grand went on to host the 1939 premiere of “Gone with the Wind.” A 1978 fire seriously damaged the building, which earned historic status in 1977. The Georgia-Pacific Tower now stands on the former theater site.

Light Up Atlanta

June 25, 1983 - Central City Park (now Woodruff Park) provided a great place for people to watch fireworks light up Atlanta’s skyline during the ‘Light Up Atlanta Festival.’ In the early '80s, the Light Up Atlanta festival drew as many as 300,000 people downtown one weekend each June for a nighttime party of dancing, drinking and dining.

In the early '80s, the Light Up Atlanta festival drew as many as 300,000 people downtown each June for a nighttime weekend party of dancing, drinking and dining. First held in June 1983 as a way to draw suburban residents back to downtown Atlanta after dark, Light Up Atlanta eventually became a victim of its early success and violence ended the party after only three festivals. Here’s our look back through the lenses of our AJC photographers at the days when downtown turned on the lights – and the charm – for one weekend each June. Go to to see more images.

Delta’s flying beauties

1945 – Nine of Delta’s flying beauties shown beside a big transport on the apron of the Atlanta Airport. From left to right: Isabel Sanders, Martha Watkins, Josephine Pate, Alberta Cason, Frances Cooper, Christine Ferguson, Hedy Swindel, Nora Walsh and Virginia Lewis. 

As one of the world’s largest airlines, Delta came from humble beginnings as a crop duster trying to eradicate the scourge of the South, the “evil” boll weevil. The Photo Vault today looks back at how this small operation helped shape Atlanta into the hub of commerce and culture that it is today. Go to to read more.

A blast from Buckhead’s past, 1911-1993

Buckhead storefront in 1942. The number above the door reads 3096 (probably Peachtree or Roswell Road). LBGPF8-057a, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.

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.

Atlantans celebrate V-J Day

1945 - Soldier and woman embrace on V-J Day (“Victory over Japan Day”), Peachtree Street, Atlanta, on Aug. 14, 1945. (AJC FILE) For the people of Atlanta, this war, “the costliest war in blood, dollars, and resources in history,” was finally over, and that was cause for massive celebration (Pent-Up Emotions Erupt And All Georgia Celebrates, Atlanta Constitution, 1945). Atlanta’s initial response to the release of such a great weight from its shoulders was to go mad in “an ecstasy of jubilation” (Pent-Up Emotions Erupt And All Georgia Celebrates, Atlanta Constitution, 1945). 

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1955 – Boys in the lunchroom at Rome’s East Main School enjoy some milk. As our photographer noted, “at two cents each they could afford two half pints.” Pretty shrewd, fellahs.

Check out some more vintage back-to-school photos at “MyAJC Flashback Fotos: OK, back to school, Atlanta!” For complete back-to-school coverage, visit

Photo credit: Margaret Shannon / AJC file

Fourth of July in Georgia

Crowds gathered in the parking lot of The Mt Paran North Church of God in Marietta watching fireworks on display Wednesday night. A pre July 4th celebration kicked off with patriotic music, a program recognizing veterans, a video clip about 911, and Max Cleland speaking at Allgood Church in Marietta.

#FlashBackFriday Flashback Fotos: Stone Mountain through the years

Stone Mountain has been part of Atlanta’s recreational scene through the decades. Atlanta Journal staff photographer Walter F. Winn captured this whimsical photo of a motorcyclist zipping up the side of the mountain. The man “never paused until he slithered to the summit,” Winn wrote in the original photo caption.

The Really ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

1950s – Mrs Eddie Gustafson of Atlanta prepares waffles to make it a good morning while Sally, aged 1, looks on.

Long before the advent of reality TV shows, the photographers at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution were documenting the daily doings of housewives all around town. We can’t verify if there was quite as much drama happening back then, but we’ll give these ladies props for allowing us a glimpse into their busy, busy days.  Go to to see more of these Flashback Fotos.