MyAJC Flashback Fotos

Georgia’s do-it-all athlete: Charlie Trippi

University of Georgia football star Charlie Trippi poses for the camera in the 1940s. The Pennsylvania native became a Peach State hero for his play on the gridiron in Athens and the baseball diamond in Atlanta.

Pro football Hall of Famer Charley Trippi is a legend among Georgia Bulldogs fans and was no slouch as a member of the old Atlanta Crackers baseball team, either. Here’s a historic look back at this versatile athlete.

Once upon Edgewood Avenue

Phillips 66 service station at the corner of Boulevard and Edgewood Ave. 

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. Go to to see more images from our archive.

The Georgia Capitol through the years

Before the Capitol moved to its present location in 1889, it had been located on the corner of Marietta and Forsyth Streets in the former Kimball Opera House, shown in the center distance in this heavily retouched photo, from sometime in the 1880s. A caption provided by the Atlanta History Center states, “In 1870, the state of Georgia purchased the recently completed Atlanta Opera House at the corner of Marietta and Forsyth Streets in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, to house the state capitol. Atlanta had been designated the temporary state capital in 1868 and became the permanent capital in 1877. The state legislature continued to meet in the building until 1889, when the current Georgia State Capitol building was completed.” (William A. Kuhns/AJC Archives/GSU Archives) Go to to see more images.

Terminal Station

Opened 1905; rebuilt 1947, demolished 1972 — By the time of its 1970 closing, Terminal Station had witnessed Atlanta change from a premier Southern railway hub in the early 20th century to a modern transportation mecca for air and interstate highway travel. The station, designed by architect P. Thornton Marye (Atlanta’s Fox Theater and Capital City Club), exuded a grandiosity that was meant to impress rail travelers on their way south for business or pleasure. In the 1920s, the Atlanta Convention Bureau claimed that Terminal Station was served by 86 trains per day. When the Southern Railway moved its Atlanta stop to Brookwood Station in 1970 (now Atlanta’s Amtrak station), Terminal Station was shuttered permanently. One old platform along downtown Atlanta’s “Gulch” area is all that remains of the station. Go to to see more Flashback Fotos of Atlanta landmarks that are gone.

Seed & Feed

1980 - The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable band performs in Atlanta’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, March 15, 1980. Photo by Judy Ondrey

In this edition of our Flashback Fotos series, we take a gander at an Atlanta institution: the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable, a wacky costumed marching band that’s been dancing and playing its way into the hearts of Atlantans for 40 years. So sit back, relax and step into the Wayback Machine for a trip with Seed & Feed via the lenses of our Journal and Constitution photographers on


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

A journey down Highland Avenue

July 14, 1980 - Old Briarcliff Hotel at the corner of Ponce de Leon and North Highland avenues. (STEVE DEAL/AJC staff)

 Highland Avenue has been through a lot of changes in recent years, but that’s nothing new. It’s been through many makeovers in its lifetime. Take a look back at the early days of this lively and ever-changing Atlanta thoroughfare. Go to to see more Flashback Fotos: A Journey down Highland Avenue. 

Atlanta street names

And you thought our list was confusing? Take a gander at this: Here’s a list of the 225 street name changes in Atlanta up until 1903, published in the Constitution. Developer Forrest Adair gave the list to the Atlanta City Council as a means of documenting the various street name changes made from Atlanta’s founding until 1903.

In this edition of our Flashback Fotos series, we meet the people behind the Atlanta streets and roads we often love to hate. No, we’re not talking about the folks who designed the tangle of thruways we navigate daily. For instance, we thought you’d like to know that Sidney Marcus isn’t just the moniker of a boulevard, there’s much more to John Wesley Dobbs than a street, and that our Journal and Constitution photographers will be happy to introduce you to these notable Atlantans.