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