14 Items in This Collection
1) Chicago World's Fair scenes, 1933-1934--Walkling Family--home movies. Reel 1
Scenes from the Walkling family's visit to the Chicago World's Fair, Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934). Many shots of family members posing with World's Fair sce...   more
2) Vacation in Ottawa, Illinois, July 1936--Walkling Family--home movies. Reel 2
Intertitle: “Vacation in Ottawa, Illinois July 1936” Woman with two children at a train station. Shots of family together and children playing. A shopkeeper standing in front of his...   more
3) Planting the oak tree--Walkling Family--home movies. Reel 3
Men digging a hole to prepare to plant a tree. Team of men unloading tree from a pickup truck. Men planting the tree.   more
4) Planting the grass--Walkling Family--home movies. Reel 4
Several men using different types of equipment to prepare a house's yard for grass seed. Men planting grass seed. Two children helping and playing. Pan across yard with view of neighb...   more
5) Xmas--Walkling Family--home movies. Reel 5
View of the interior of house at Christmas. Decorations and Christmas tree. Two boys playing with toys. Family sitting near fire and two boys toasting marshmallows.   more
6) House in winter 1938--Walkling Family--home movies. Reel 6
Views of the exterior of the house in winter. Scene of yard with children and flowering tree in spring.   more
7) Working in the garden, Mother Helen hanging up clothes--Walkling Family--home movies. Reel 7
Gardening scenes. Shots of children outside the house. Woman hanging out laundry.   more
8) Mrs. Patthson, boats, digging crab grass in lower beds--Walkling Family--home movies. Reel 8
Shot of woman and two boys with toy boats. Man and two boys pulling weeds in the yard. Shots of flowers in the garden. Woman gathering flowers.   more
9) Bob's birthday party--Walkling Family--home movies. Reel 9
A child's party. A group of children running and playing with balloons in the yard. A shot of a rainbow. Sunset view of the sky over the house. Exterior of house with plants and flo...   more
10) Putting up fence, March 1939--Walkling Family--home movies. Reel 10
Men building a fence around suburban yard. Truck in driveway with painted door reading “Cyclone Fence Co. Phila. PA.” Shot of team of men posing with truck.   more
11) Flower garden, October 1939--Walkling Family--home movies. Reel 11
Shots of flowers and exterior of house.   more
12) April 1940, first iris, arborvitae hedge--Walkling Family--home movies. Reel 12
Team of men working on gardening and yard work. On truck, “John Albrecht Nurseries, Montgomery Ave. Narberth, PA.”   more
13) Garden 1940--Walkling Family--home movies. Reel 13
Rainbow over house. View of yard and garden. Description on box: "Sunset, pear tree in bloom, tulip, daffodils, madonna lilies and delphiniums, spring 1940."   more
14) Garden scenes--Walkling Family--home movies. Reel 14
Shots of flowers. Second half of reel is very blurry.   more
Walkling Family Collection
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Credit: Walkling Family Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Sam Burroughs at the Chicago World's Fair.
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.
Primary Format and Extent
14 film reels
Collection Date Range
1936 – 1940
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).
Biographical/Historical Notes
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.
People and Organizations
Ella Ware
Northeast Historic Film
The Collection is open for research.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See http://oldfilm.org/content/stock-footage-licensing for more information.
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