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J.J. Allen photographs, 1954 (VIS 126)

J.J. Allen was a professional photographer from Hapeville, Georgia. He began his career as a photographer in the early 1950’s and has specialized in commercial and advertising photography as well as portraiture. Since the 1990’s, Allen has operated a studio and published two how-to books on portrait photography. Photographer J.J. Allen took these photographs for use in the 1954 Atlanta Historical Society photography contest. The collection is comprised of images of Hapeville and Fairburn, Georgia, municipalities located south of Atlanta. Included are images of churches, schools, businesses, and government facilities such as Bethsadia Baptist Church, Hapeville Methodist Church, North Avenue Public School, the Ford assembly plant, the railroad depot, and city hall in Hapeville.

The J.J. Allen photograph collection contains 18 black and white photographic prints, all of which are digitized and available on this database.

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Digitization of this collection is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.