Atlanta, Georgia looked very different in 1939[old pictures]

Downtown Atlanta, Georgia looked much different in the 1930’s. These photographs were taken in 1939 by Marion Post Wolcott when she toured Georgia and took many photographs documenting life at the time.

The Henry Grady Hotel no longer exists. The Henry Grady Hotel was a 13-story hotel located at the corner of Peachtree Street and Cain St. (now Andrew Young Intl. Blvd.) in Atlanta from 1924-1974. The architect was G. Lloyd Preacher. henry grady hotel

It was named after Henry Grady, Georgia’s most celebrated orator. It was built on the site of the third Georgia Governor’s Mansion, previously the mansion of John H. James. After the Grady was demolished, the Westin Peachtree Plaza was built on the site.

Bellhop at Henry Grady Hotel, Atlanta, Henry Grady Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia1939White porter (bellhop), Henry Grady Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia

White porter (bellhop), Henry Grady Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia

White porter (bellhop), Henry Grady Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia3

White porter (bellhop), Henry Grady Hotel, 4Atlanta, Georgia

We certainly don’t dress like this now…hats and gloves to work…

Salesgirls leaving work, Atlanta, Georgia May 1939

Salesgirl leaving work, Atlanta, Georgia1 may 1939

Salesgirl, fashionably dressed, Atlanta, Georgia may 1939

Salesgirl leaving work, Atlanta, Georgia3 may 1939

Salesgirl leaving work, Atlanta, Georgia 4may 1939

Salesgirl leaving work, Atlanta, Georgia 6may 1939

Salesgirl leaving work, Atlanta, Georgia 7may 1939

Salesgirl leaving work, Atlanta, Georgia 9may 1939

Domestic servants waiting for streetcar on way to work early in the morning. Mitchell Street, Atlanta, GeorgiaDomestic servants waiting for streetcar on way to work early in the morning. Mitchell Street, Atlanta, Georgia

Domestic help boarding

Domestic servants waiting for streetcar on way to work early in the morning. Mitchell Street, Atlanta, Georgia

domestic help boarding streetcar

Domestic servants waiting for streetcar on way to work early in the morning. Mitchell Street, Atlanta, Georgia2

Domestic servants waiting for streetcar on way to work early in the morning. Mitchell Street, 3Atlanta, Georgia

Domestic servants waiting for streetcar on way to work early in the morning. Mitchell Street, 4Atlanta, Georgia

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