Title: Young girl playing upright piano. Charles Walline

Catalog Number: 2015.001.0010

Date (Years): 1891-1900, 1901-1910


A young girl is playing the upright piano in a parlor or music room. The girl has her back to the camera. She is wearing a floral print dress with ruffles at the sleeves. Her long blond hair is loose down her back and there is a large bow in her hair. On the top of the piano are three sets of portraits and a china figurine. A stringed instrument is leaning against the wall next to the piano. There is a chair and a settee with pillows on it in the room. Next to the piano is a small end table that is covered with a lace-edged white tablecloth. There is a vase with flowers and several china cups and saucers on the table. Two framed pictures are on the walls.

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.

Left, Walline in abt. 1900. Right, Charles Walline and his wife, Millie. 1930s

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