Atlanta, Ga.: Big moment of the cruiser bond rally at the Auditorium Friday night came with Margaret Mitchell, who christened the old cruiser Atlanta and will christen the new one, drew the curtain and unveiled pictures of President Roosevelt, the cruiser and two flags, one of them the Stars and Stripes and the other the Stars and Bars that flew from the Confederate ram Atlanta. The new ship couldn't be a better ship than the old -'lets pray to God it will be a luckier one,' she said. Standing as the national anthem is played are (left to right): Chief Justice Charles S. Reid, Secretary Knox, Mayor Hartsfield, Miss Mitchell, (holding the sash with which she pulled the curtain); Ted Gamble, representing Secretary Morgenthau; Marion Allen, Mrs. Allen, and Bill Smith, who fought on the Atlanta. (March, 1943)
Feb. 1943 - NEW 'CRUISER' ATLANTA BEGINS TO TAKE FORM - This huge sign atop the building at 2 1/2 Whitehall Street will keep Atlantians apprised of the progress of their campaign to buy $35,750,000 worth of War Bonds for a new cruiser Atlanta. An addition will be placed as each $2,000,000 worth of bonds for the cruiser comes through. In all, there are 15 pieces to the 40-foot model, each worth $2,000,000, so to speak.