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Carl William Walin was born in Wilmar, Minnesota, April 11, 1900. In 1903, he moved with his family to Clive, Alberta. In 1910 the Walin family moved to Hughendon, Alberta. In 1916, Mr. Walin traveled to Illinois to study at the Eastman Kodak School of Photography. Upon completion of his studies, Mr. Walin apprenticed with a photographer in West Virginia. After working in a Maryland shipyard in 1918 to aid the war effort, Mr. Walin returned to Canada in 1919 and purchased F.L. Talbot photographic business in Wetaskiwin and renamed it the Walin Studio of Fine Portrait Photography which he operated until 1956 when he sold the studio to Bert Jasperse. Mr. Jasperse at first retained the name Walin Studio of Fine Photography but eventually renamed the business Jasperse Studios. For a period of time in the 1930s, Mr. Walin also operated film development services called Artistone Studio. In 1922, Carl Walin married Dagne Billsten of Malmo, Alberta. The Walin's had one daughter Leone and one son, Dale. Dagne Walin died in 1943. In 1960, Mr. Walin married Pearl (Pat) Gould of Brandon, Manitoba. Mr. Walin's photographic abilities were widely acclaimed and he was the recipient of several awards, including two merit awards from the Professional Photographers Association of America. Additionally Mr. Walin was accredited to photograph Royal Tours of Canada. Mr. Walin's photographs are an important chronicle of early to middle twentieth-century life in Alberta and especially significant for those interested in the history of the Wetaskiwin area. Mr. Walin died in Edmonton in 1966 and is buried in Wetaskiwin.