Walkling Family Collection

Walkling Family Collection
Credit: Walkling Family Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Sam Burrows at the Chicago World's Fair.
      14 film reels
      1936 – 1940
      Ottawa, IL
      Cynwyd, PA
      Chicago, IL
      Credit: Walkling family home movies. Excerpt from "Putting up fence, March 1939." 16 mm. film. From the Walkling Family Collection at Northeast Historic Film, Bucksport, ME. MP4 video, 2:18. Cyclone Fence Company work crew.
      The Walkling Family Collection contains 14 reels of amateur 16 mm. film. This collection consists of the home movies of Adolph Augustus and Marian Ware Walkling and their children, Richard and Robert. Primarily shot by Adolph Walkling, the film includes footage of family celebrations and a vacation to Ottawa, Illinois. Also significant is the inclusion of a reel of scenes from the family's visit to the Chicago World's Fair, Century of Progress International Exposition, in 1933 or 1934. The collection contains gardening and yard work at the Walkling family's home in Cynwyd, PA. While family members, including the children, are sometimes depicted, the main focus of this part of the footage is the progress of the gardening and landscaping projects. Family members, as well as hired workers, build a fence and plant trees, shrubs, and grass. Scenes of the garden, house, and surrounding neighborhood present the result of the gardening projects. The collection provides a view of how a family invested in and controlled their home environment in the late 1930s. The film contains footage of hired workers, including crews from two Philadelphia area businesses, the Cyclone Fence Company (Philadelphia, PA) and John Albrecht Nurseries (Narberth, PA).
      Adolph Augustus Walkling was born in 1895 in Ottawa, Illinois. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1917, and eventually became a professor of surgery there. His wife, Marian Ware, was born in Salem, New Jersey, in 1897. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1919. The couple married in 1923, and had two children, Richard and Robert. The family lived in the Philadelphia area and built a home in Cynwyd, PA, in 1937. Adolph Walkling died in 1966. Marian Ware Walkling died in 1975.
      Northeast Historic Film
      The Collection is open for research.
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