Gathering Hay

Gathering-hay-detHere’s another farm picture that John Capewell probably shot in Westville, New Jersey. It looks to be a piece of property that he has shot a number of times. The utility poles in the background on the right figure in a number of the photographs.

Below is the entire 7 inch x 5 inch glass negative:


About The Capewell Glass Negative Collection

The Capewell Glass Negative Collection is a series of about 200 5-inch by 7-inch glass negatives shot early in the 20th Century by John Batt Capewell (1878-1951) of Westville, New Jersey. John passed the negatives down to his son Henry who left them in his wife’s possession upon his passing. Henry’s widow didn’t know what to do with them and didn’t particularly want them so she offered them to my Dad who couldn’t turn down anything. Ultimately I wound up with them and thought I would one day have photographic prints struck from them. That didn’t happen, but I came up with the digital workaround of placing the negatives on a lightbox and rephotographing them with a digital camera. The “processing” was then done on a computer with image editing software. They came out better than I thought they would so I thought I would show them off to the world on this site. Many of these pictures have not been seen in a century, and I’m proud to be presenting them today.

At first, I did not know who the people were in the photographs. I have a box of ephemera that accompanied the negatives and snagged a few clues from that as far as the Capewell name. I did some research on the internet and had a few false starts and wrong turns, but the readers of these posts have provided a remarkable amount of research and detail. I’m amazed at what people have turned up sifting through public records and such!

DSCN1654-negLast: Goat in the Garden State

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2 Responses to Gathering Hay

  1. Jim Bessing says:

    Hi Joe; I made this comment earlier but goofed on entering it. I have been noticing all early photo’s of the telephone poles and the 1910’s had 6 supports on the line along the railroad tracks on the Broadway side going into Woodbury so that should give you a litle insight as to the location of that field. It could very well be at 1029 Broadway, their residence. Jim

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