1. Take Piedmont Avenue into the past

    1958 - Broadview Plaza Shopping Center

    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.

     

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  3. 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 myajc.com to see more images.

     

  4. Atlanta’s Perimeter

    1969 - Gov. Lester Maddox was present at the official opening of Atlanta’s Perimeter Interstate, I-285, in October 1969. It originally was four lanes, two in each direction.

    Go to myajc.com to see more Flashback Fotos: 50 years of Georgia news to see the stories AJC editors selected as the most memorable since 1964. 

     

  5. 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 myajc.com to see more Flashback Fotos of Atlanta landmarks that are gone.

     

  6. How Sherman left Atlanta

    1865 -  The ruined building in the foreground, smashed by Federal shells, is the Georgia Railway and Banking Company. Together with the adjacent building it occupied the present site of the Peters Building. The covered wagon, part of the Federal baggage train, is about where the Five Points flagpole is now. The railroad in the foreground is spanned by the Whitehall Street viaduct. Photo by William Kuhns

    Take a deep dive into Atlanta during Civil War and its impact on the future with the AJC exclusive digital-only series “War in Our Backyards.

     

  7. 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 myajc.com to see more images.

     

  8. Watermelon Capital of the World

    1949 - Mrs. Edwin Cofer, from Cordele, holds one of her home town’s most famous products. Cordele calls itself the Watermelon Capital of Georgia. 

    When it comes to world capitals, there’s not much debate that Abu Dhabi is the capital of United Arab Emirates and Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. But other “world capitals” are harder to define.

    This week, the Photo Vault looks at Cordele, Ga., the self-proclaimed “Watermelon Capital of the World.” Go to ajc.com to read more. 

     

  9. 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 myajc.com to see more Flashback Fotos: A Journey down Highland Avenue. 

     

  10. 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 myajc.com to read more.

     

  11. 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.

     

  12. World marks 70th anniversary of D-Day invasion

    This week’s observances of June 6, 1944, take on special poignancy, providing one of the last chances to pay major tribute to the dwindling number of surviving D-Day veterans. In Friday’s exclusive digital section, find historic Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution pages, photo galleries, maps, a timeline and other facts surrounding the pivotal invasion – only on MyAJC.com and the Today’s Paper app. 

     

  13. 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 myajc.com to see more images.

     

  14. Gunnin’ for the law

    1982 - Major Ken Carter of the Kennesaw Police Department proudly displays one of the many different bumper stuckers being printed up in the area. (Andy Sharp/AJC staff)

    With Georgia House Bill 60 going into effect July 1, the nation, if not the world, is weighing in on gun legislation in the Peach State. The so-called “guns everywhere” legislation specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons. Included are provisions that allow residents who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports.

    This isn’t the first time Georgia gun laws have caught global attention. The Photo Vault looks back 32 years ago when an ordinance in Kennesaw required every head of household to possess a firearm and ammunition. Go to myajc.com to read more. 

     

  15. Still I Rise

    April 2, 2002 - Poet and author Maya Angelou had just published her sixth autobiography, ‘A Song Flung Up To Heaven.’ This photo was taken at her home. She was a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais. Go to ajc.com to read more. (JEAN SHIFRIN/AJC staff)