Crown Point Inn

crown point inn-2Back in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make the prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are a lot more interesting. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around Westville, NJ.

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Braided Apple Raisin Walnut Bread

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Last week was single digits cold – so cold that I tried not to venture outside unless absolutely necessary. There are neighbors I haven’t seen in weeks. You double up on the sweaters, drink a lot of hot beverages, and bake to keep warm. I made this braided bread out of ingredients I had in – apples, raisins, and walnuts. It smelled fantastic, and it made the kitchen toasty. When it was finished baking, I braved the elements and took it to a neighbor’s house for some much needed catching up!

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Friday Five – Number Seventy Four

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Seventy-fourth in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Encore Presentation

I’m sad to say it, but it looks as if we’re at the end of the line as far as the Capewell Glass Negative Collection is concerned. I’m going to review my posts and the digital files just to make sure I haven’t missed anything. In the meantime, I will leave you with this rather timely encore presentation considering that this winter has been so miserably cold. Below is a shot of Niagara Falls frozen over which has done so a few times, but we believe this shot is from the beginning of the twentieth century.

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The Corner of 15th & Locust

The Corner of 15th & Locust - 1981Here’s another Photo Elective shot by Tina Garceau. As I’ve said before, all sophomore students majoring in illustration at The Philadelphia College of Art were required to take a minor course in photography where the students would take and process black and white, 35mm images. I lived in South Jersey and commuted to school, while Tina lived in and shot her photographs around the school’s downtown Philadelphia campus. Here she has a shot captured in the neighborhood of P.C.A. I don’t think the newsstand is still there, and Bookbinders in the background which was considered a Philadelphia institution at the time is long gone.

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Potatoes Gratin

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This gratin is one of my favorite special occasion side dishes – thinly sliced russet potatoes, arranged in layers, dotted with butter, smeared with minced garlic, and sprinkled with salt and pepper. It’s baked in the oven until the potatoes become golden brown and crispy. The beauty of this dish is that it can be made ahead of time and reheated. It pairs well with pot roast, steak, or in place of hash browns for Sunday brunch.  Continue reading

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Love isn’t fat free!

Love isn't fat freeMy Valentine to Tina

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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To my dear Joe, on the occasion of our 21st Valentine’s Day! xo

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Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

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Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is a chocolate holiday – truffles, Hershey’s Kisses, heart shaped boxes of decadence. I decided to buck the trend and go the vanilla route. These cupcakes are so tender and moist – you won’t miss chocolate at all!  Continue reading

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A Girl and Her Dog

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Another negative from our family photo collection from the early 1950s. I chose it because I thought it was a wonderful portrait of my father’s youngest sister, Ann Marie and his faithful dog, Teddy. Unlike the others, this particular negative was in pretty good shape, minor adjustments in Photoshop to give the photo some contrast was all that was needed. The original photo is behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Overpass Party

OverpassBack in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make the prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are a lot more interesting. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around Westville, NJ.

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Lemon Yogurt Cake

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Three things made me happy this week – I finished a project way ahead of time, Harper Lee is publishing a new book, and this lemon cake – not necessarily in that order. This cake is full of lemony goodness, and it’s moist – thanks to the addition of Greek yogurt. It’s the perfect citrusy, little cake to ward off the winter doldrums!  Continue reading

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Friday Five – Number Seventy Three

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Seventy-third in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Some Time Later

some-time-laterWhen I was first examining the glass negatives that comprised the Capewell Collection, I wasn’t sure what or who I was looking at. The sheer number of them was overwhelming at first, and it wasn’t until I photographed them and started to “process” the images on my computer that I started to be able to pick out individuals and make guesses as to who was related to whom. Of course, the research of this site’s fantastic readership helped a great deal giving me names to go with the faces.

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