Title: Young woman sitting on the porch at 704 East 4th Street. Charles Walline

Catalog Number: 2015.001.0001

Date (Years): 1901-1910


A young woman is sitting on the railing of a front porch at 704 East 4th Street. She is wearing a white dress with dark, zigzag stitching along the sleeves, cuff, and bodice. She is holding a copy of “The Virginian” and is looking directly at the camera. Behind her is a hammock covered with plaid fabric. The porch railing and column have simple, decorative woodwork.

“The Virginian” was first published in 1902. The novel is set in the Wild West and was written by the American author Owen Wister.

This is the same house as image 2015.001.0025 and 2015.001.0026. However, in .0025 it has significant English ivy growing over it.

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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