Title: 4 people playing a game of croquet. Charles Walline
Catalog Number: 2015.001.0034
Date (Years): 1891-1900, 1901-1910
Three women and a man are playing croquet. The man is bent at the hips and is in motion to hit the croquet ball with his mallet. He is wearing a broad-brimmed straw hat, white shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows, and dark pants, possibly knickerbockers. The woman next to him is wearing a dark skirt, medium colored shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the elbows, and a broad-brimmed hat. She is holding her mallet with both hands, behind her back, across her shoulders. The next woman is wearing a dark skirt, light colored shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the elbows, and a broad-brimmed hat. She is holding her mallet in her right hand with it resting up on the front of her shoulder. The third woman is slightly bent at the hips and is wearing a dark skirt, a striped shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the elbows, and a broad-brimmed hat. She is holding the top of the mallet with both hands and the head is resting on the ground between her feet next to a croquet ball.
In the foreground is a croquet post and hoops. The area is heavily shaded by tall trees. In the distance is an open field that is separated by a split-rail fence. There are shrubs along the fence line. The location is unidentified.
Charles Gustavus Walline
March 30, 1874 — July 14, 1943
Charles was born March 30th, 1874 at 107 Payne Street. The house remains today as 607 Battery Place.
He was coming of age as Chattanooga experienced an economic boom during the 1890s and was witness to the first paving of Market Street, early streetcars, and the construction of the Walnut Street Bridge. By 1897 a 23-year-old Walline turned his attention to photography. He was a listed a member of the Chattanooga Camera Club in 1897, along with the successful local commercial photographer E. L. Mudge. Walline was also passionate about Chattanooga’s history and was listed as the ‘historian’ for the Chattanooga Half-Century Club during the group’s inaugural meeting Dec. 4, 1936.
Walline worked at D. B. Loveman & Co. for many years, and in 1918 was listed as a Department Manager. In 1920, he’s listed as Notary Public for the store. Several images within the glass plate collection show exterior and interior shots of the Lovemans store.
He died at age 76 at his home on South Crest Road on Missionary Ridge.
The Walline collection came in three parts.
The largest portion was sold to Picnooga by a private collector who was passing through Chattanooga within the past ten years. The second largest part was donated by Mr. Charles Coulter who purchased them at an estate sale many years ago. The third group was purchased from a local collector who bought them on eBay a few years ago.
Many of the images in the collection are of Charles Walline’s home on Payne Street and the surrounding neighborhood.
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