Two obits. Two colors, two sections of the country, two classes, two lives. AND Waffle House and Coca Cola thrown in for good measure. The stories of each of these women, told side by side in the AJC obits, July 18th, 2010, illustrate the story of Atlanta in middle of the 20th century. Folks were flocking from the hinterland to seek their fortunes in the big city. Institutions like Southern Bell and Coca-Cola were still vital, seeking new customers, new bright employees to better serve the customers. Fresh young entrepreneurs were starting up companies like Waffle House that would serve the customers and all the new Atlantans. Note also Waffle House serves Coca-Cola products, thank God. (Click above for great Waffle House PICS- including a shot of Miss Lucy Shelton.)Today happens to be the anniversary of my mom's death. (Pay per view of entire article; thanks ajc.com) Her obit appeared in those same pages, and highlighted a somewhat sanitized version of her rebellious life in Atlanta, California, Spain, NYC, and Mexico.
When reading the options presented by the two well loved and accomplished ladies that are noted today, it's a little more apparent what everyone was rebelling against. I'm glad my daughters have more options than marriage, school teaching, or waitressing. At least mentally. In our NEW economy, in fact, they'll be fortunate to get a job doing either of the latter. But that's another story altogether.
Click for image of Southern Bell building and comments by Mary Ann Sullivan.
Click here for earlier image of the same building before add-ons- you'll need to scroll down to the middle of the page. Or just read it all. Best site ever.
Click here for scene of Atlanta in the middle of the 20th century; from the always fantastic Atlanta Time Machine.