Title: Snow and sledding on Lindsay Street. Charles Walline
Catalog Number: 2015.001.0033
Date (Years): 1891-1900, 1901-1910
Some twenty people are strung along Lindsay Street watching and participating in sledding in the snow. The picture is taken at the rise of Lindsay Street and shows the street sloping away. There are five boys on sleds in the act of sledding down the hill. Some people are walking up the hill, but the majority are standing on the sidewalks watching the action. From the clothing they mostly look like women. Beyond the sidewalk are two large houses with tall, decorative stone retaining walls facing the sidewalk.
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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