Street Scenes
Street Scenes

Cline Photo Postcard Negatives

Like his father, Walter M. Cline Jr. took his photography skills on the road; creating postcards from views that were interesting to travelers. As I sorted through thousands of surviving negatives those marked as ‘street scenes’ were especially fascinating. Small towns, captured in their economic prime, are seen filled with busy people and rich with imagery of days gone by.

By 1940, Cline Studios had sold over $3 million in scenic postcards. After his service during World War II in the US Navy, Cline Jr. continued to build on that success, as well develop the growing photo processing business.

Sixty-two small towns are represented here - each with its own charm and story.

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Walter M. Cline Company

Most photos appear to have been taken in the late 1940s - early 1950s.

Athens TN Y-3 Baxter TNE-175 Benton TNP-93 Bolivar TNH-29 Bridgeport AL I-2-533 Bristol VA-TN I-D-74 Byrdstown TN Z-645 Camden TN F-66 Carthage TN E-73 Chickamauga GA 1-R-443 Clarksville TN E-18 Cleveland TN Y-138 Clinton TN I-S-48 Cookeville TN Z-205 Cookeville TN Z-207 Copperhill TN I-M-87 Cowan TN I-Z-332 Crossville TN Z-239 Dandridge TN W-28 Dayton TN Z-168 Dickson TNE-102 Erwin TN 1-D-170 Etowah TN P-77 Fayetteville TN I-Z-503 Fort Payne AL I-R-199 Franklin TN E-40 Gatlinburg TN I-I-373 Greeneville TN 1-D-129 Harriman TN Z-569 Henderson TN F-1 Hohenwald TNE-209 Jamestown TNZ-354 Jasper TN I-T-106 B Jefferson City TN I-D-32 Jellico TN R-247 Johnson City TN I-D-54 Kingsport TN I-S-201 Lafayette GA I-R-193B LaFollette TN R-237 Lake City TN I-S-176 Lawrenceburg TN I-Z-129 Lebanon TN E-88 Lenoir City TN Y-91 Lewisburg TN E-220 Livingston TN Z-349 Loudon TNY-37 Manchester TNI-T-573 McMinnville TND-67 Morristown TNI-D-26 Mount Pleasant TNE-215 Murfreesboro TN I-T-363 Murphy NC I-M-152 Oakdale TN Z-133 Oliver Springs TN I-S-1 Oneida TN Z-447 Ringgold GA I-U-94 Rogersville TNI-S-60 Smithville TNE-181 Sparta TNZ-332 Sunbright TN Z-33 Sweetwater TN Y-54 Wavery TN F-81 Winchester TN I-Z-172

Damaged Negatives

Cursory photo editing was performed to minimize visually distracting damaged – caused by decades of poor storage conditions. Yet we’re fortunate that they survived.

image processing

damaged negatives

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With sincere appreciation to Cathy Cline and Haley Cline Morgan,
daughters of W. M. Cline Jr.

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