We’re back by the water with another glass negative shot by John B. Capewell of Westville, New Jesrey about 100 or so years ago. My guess is that this photograph was taken on the same day and in the same place as the shot of the wading children in last week’s post. It looks like everybody is trying to escape the heat as well as indulging Capewell’s photography.
I don’t know who the woman is, but she shows up in a number of the glass negatives in the collection. It may be Capewell’s mother-in-law. Maybe an aunt.
It’s an interesting photo because she is down-dressed rather than dressed to the nines as in other photographs. It was probably too hot to be fashionable.
Here is the the entire 5″x7″:
As with all of the photographs in the Capewell Collection, I placed the 5â€³ x 7â€³ glass negative on a lightbox and shot them with a digital camera locked down on a tripod. The â€œprocessingâ€ was done digitally on a Mac using Adobe Photoshop.
Last week I published an email from Bill Hangley, Jr. which took a stab at identifying the coast behind the sailing vessel. This week I received a rebuttal to that information from Jerseyman. Jerseyman wrote:
I disagree with the information that Bill Hangley Jr. supplied on this image. There is no doubt that the structures on the Pennsylvania shore are coal docks, but they are not the ones the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad constructed. Rather, these docks stood at Greenwich Point (formerly Gloucester Point) and belonged to the Pennsylvania Railroad. The vessel located mid-river was a very important steamer to the fisheries up and down the Delaware. This is an image of the United States Fish Commission steamer FISH HAWK, constructed in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1879. She was a floating shad hatchery and provided new fry fish for the commercial fisheries that lined the New Jersey shore of the Delaware. The FISH HAWK measured 146’8″ long, had a breadth of 27 feet, and a draw of 11 feet. Her gross tonnage was 441 and her net tonnage 206. She was well known along the Delaware and you should be able to find additional information about her on the internet.
Jerseyman also offered these pertinent links from his website: