Title: Book shows Sandy Springs history through early images
Author: Louis Mayeux
Publisher: Sandy Springs Reporter
Cherokee Nation and Creek Confederacy, drew 19th century settlers who were mainly farmers. "It was very rural; people rarely had pictures, rarely had the opportunity to have them taken and rarely had money."
In the mid to late 1870s to late 1880s, traveling photographers arrived. A Mr. Wing was a photographer and a singing master, giving instruction in Sacred Harp techniques. "We have him in two photos," she said. Early group photos in the book show singing groups, churches, schools and families, many of whose descendants remain in the area.
At the turn of the century, families grew more affluent and could afford their own cameras, leading to the era of "candid photos" of people in cars and leisure and business activities. "People from Atlanta were moving to the area to build country homes, there was more money moving in. A lot of homes were being built for people wanting to get away from the big city."
The book highlights the area's continued growth as an Atlanta bedroom community and commercial area through the late 20th century until the successful campaign to create the City of Sandy Springs from the once unincorporated area.
Brigance sees the book as a product of the city's community spirit, reflected in the database. "We're lucky; we've had a lot of people working on this project."