grew up hearing my mother's memories of the Atlanta premiere of Gone
With the Wind. Through
her, I could see the spotlights circling the city skyline, hear the
excitement that captured a teenage girl's imagination, and the pride that
it all happen in the city of her birth.
Bridge's book helped me understand the power of those days in 1939.
With the Wind
historian Herb Bridges put this book together for the 60th anniversary of
the 1939 premiere of the movie. Through
photographs, event programs and newspaper clippings, Bridges captures the
excitement that filled Atlanta from December 11-15, 1939.
"put on the dog" for Margaret Mitchell's movie.
Department store windows celebrated the book.
In Five Points, the Loew's Grand was transformed into Tara.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was packed with ads from stores
offering premiere specials or selling Scarlett perfume and dusting powder.
The Atlanta Junior Chamber of Commerce produced souvenir wooden
nickels for the occasion. Nunnally's
"The Candy of the South" created a special box of assorted
includes an Atlanta who's who list of those who attended the premiere's
ball with detailed descriptions of what they wore to the event.
The Georgian Terrance Hotel, where Hollywood stayed while in the
city, printed a special premiere menu.
This is an exceptional collection compiled in book form for movie buffs and Gone With the Wind fans.
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