Being that the Olympics are currently ongoing, I figured I would drag out this series of glass negatives of a track team shot by John B. Capewell of Westville, New Jersey between 100 and 110 years ago. Capewell is the fourth man from the left, and it appears the team has won the trophy perched atop the lodge-pole table.
The runners’ uniforms read CROWN POINT, N.J. with a 268 in the center. Crown Point Road runs through Westville which is right across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.
One of the weird things about this collection of 200 glass negatives in my possession is that I have virtually no prints. Maybe someone in the Capewell family wound up with the prints or he gave them all away. It’s a mystery.
Below is one of a very few prints that I got along with the negatives:
I was hoping there was a penciled list of names or a date on the back of the print, but no such luck.
Below is the full image from that negative:
As with all of the photographs in the Capewell Collection, I placed this 5â€³ x 7â€³ glass negative on a lightbox and shot it with a digital camera locked down on a tripod. The â€œprocessingâ€ was done digitally on a Mac using Adobe Photoshop.
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