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Population 2000: 39,595; Incorporated :
1887; Metro area: Atlanta; Latitude:
33.679N Longitude: -84.439W
Time zone: Eastern Daylight Saving
At the time of 1957, East Point was a typical small, suburban city to Atlanta. There was little crime and rather than a suburb to what was then a medium sized city, East Point seemed more a small American town. Television was just taking hold and radio was still the mainstay media in most homes. Coal burning locomotives were on the way out and being replaced by Diesel engines. For many, the "Electric Trolley" was their only local mode of transportation. Advertisements for homes for sale or rent, apartments were not yet fashionable, would boast, "near the Trolley line." Fast food franchises were starting to pop up. There was a MacDonald's in Hapeville, and East Point had their own Dairy Queen just across Main Street from the high school. Tennis shoes were "U.S. Keds" as running shoes and Nike, Reebok and others were years away. Girls actually wore dresses and Levi's were the pants de jour for the guys. Baggies would have been laughed out of town. Douglas DC7's were fast transportation but were on the verge of being overtaken by these new "jet" jobs and it would not be long before "Sputnik" would become a familiar and worrisome term. Did you know there actually were "paper boys" delivering their goods by bike and making the Saturday rounds collecting for their services. Who had ever heard of a lawn service; lucky ones, could pay the kid next door a quarter to use the old reel type push mowers to cut their lawn. Gas mowers were around the corner though, and some few, likely the ones sporting TVs, already had one.
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