Title: Group of fourteen young men stage fighting between bushes. Charles Walline
Catalog Number: 2015.001.0024
Date (Years): 1891-1900, 1901-1910
Group photograph of thirteen older boys and an young man horsing around between two large bushes. The older boys appear to be in their mid-late teens while the man might be in his early thirties. They are all dressed in two-piece suits, white shirts, and ties. There are several straw boater hats resting on the porch. The photograph captures staged fighting with the boys stacked on top of each other, grabbing each other’s hair, and making fists at each other. There are two boys in the back who are not engaged in these activities, but look directly at the camera. Behind the group is a high side porch with simple turned railings.
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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