#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.
#Repost @ajcnews with @repostapp・・・President Jimmy Carter’s hometown roots for his recovery. Supporters placed "Jimmy Carter for Cancer Survivor" signs in downtown Plains on Thursday afternoon August 20, 2015 in advance of the President's return to his hometown. PHOTO BY BEN GRAY (@photobgray) / AJC #jimmycarter #myajc #gapol
#TBT Ponce de Leon Park: Mind the magnolia, you Crackers
Opened 1907; rebuilt 1924, demolished 1965 – Also known as Spiller Park or Spiller Field from 1924-32, Ponce de Leon Park was the home ballpark of the Southern League’s Atlanta Crackers from 1907-64. The Atlanta Black Crackers of the Negro American League shared the park with the white Crackers team but due to segregation at the time, were not allowed to play at the park when the Crackers had a home game. Flanked by Ponce de Leon Avenue to the south and the Southern Railway tracks to the east, the little ballpark (seating about 20,000) was truly nestled in downtown Atlanta. A magnolia tree in deep center field was its most distinguishing feature, with the tree being in play until 1947. The ballpark was torn down in 1965 when the Braves came to Atlanta. Today the Midtown Place mall is located where throngs of Atlanta baseball fans once cheered on the hometown teams.
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 myajc.com to see more images.
In this March 1952 photo, the Henry Grady statue serves as a backdrop of sorts for promotion of the film “Steel Town,” then playing at the Loew’s Grand Theatre downtown, and as a call-to-action for Atlantans to participate in the city’s “Steel Town” scrap drive associated with the movie. Lane Brothers Commercial Photographic Collection, GSU Special Collections
#FlashBackFriday Atlanta Cyclorama: Building getting new lease on life
Plans call for the Cyclorama, one of the city’s most valuable cultural artifacts, to leave its Grant Park home of nearly a century and relocate to a new building at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead. Zoo Atlanta would receive the existing Cyclorama building in Grant Park, which has housed the massive, panoramic, city-owned painting, depicting the Battle of Atlanta, since 1921. The neoclassical building will be adapted for new uses, thus preserving one of the city’s near-century-old landmark structures. But many other Atlanta landmarks haven’t been as fortunate as the Cyclorama building. They’ve fallen, literally and figuratively, as the city has grown throughout the 20th century and into the new millenium. Some enjoyed a long lifespan while others met their fate at a relatively young age, architecturally speaking, but for Atlantans of a certain age, most remain alive and well as memorable parts of our ever-expanding city’s history. Here are some we recall personally and some we’ve enjoyed just hearing tell of from others way back when… – Text by Howard Pousner, AJC, and AJC staff
The annual invitational golf tournament which would become the Masters (officially so named in 1939) began March 22, 1934, in Augusta, Georgia. And our Atlanta Journal and Constitution photographers were there to record the event. Here, tournament founder and golfing legend Bobby Jones is shown playing in the first tournament in 1934.