Mama and the Boys

When I first came into possession of the 200 negatives that comprise the Capewell Glass Negative Collection, I knew next to nothing about them or who the people were in the photographs. As time went on, I assembled evidence sometimes haphazardly and had a lot of help from the readers of these posts who have been very generous with information. Sadly, this is one of those photos of which I know nothing.

These people may be relatives of Westville, New Jersey’s John B. Capewell or possibly neighbors. It was part of the collection pictured above, and I have little doubt that Capewell shot it. It maybe shot in Westville. I don’t know. Hopefully somebody out there recognizes one of the folks here as a relative.

One thing is for certain, if these seven boys were brothers and the woman was their mother, there was ample reason for the woman’s frown and thousand-yard stare.

As with all of the photographs in the Capewell Collection Glass Negative Collection, I placed this 5″ x 7″ glass negative on a lightbox and shot it with a digital camera locked down on a tripod. The “processing” was done digitally on a Mac using Adobe Photoshop.

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4 Responses to Mama and the Boys

  1. Jerseyman says:


    I really do not have much to add except to say that it appears the yard backs up to Big Timber Creek. You can see the water in the background.

    Best regards,

  2. Joe says:

    Good eye, Jerseyman! Thanks again!

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