You Are What You Eat!

you-are-what-you-eatIn keeping with our farm theme, I have John Capewell’s unintended sequel to last week’s post of butchered hogs. It appears that Capewell took two exposures of the pigs and left the second plate in the camera when he shot this family portrait resulting in this bizarre double exposure.

Here’s a tighter crop of the family. Their expressions range from dour to mild amusement while they hold still for the long exposure.

you-are-what-you-eat-detI don’t know who these people are, but Capewell came from a large family, and they are probably relatives. I’m hoping somebody out there recognizes a face or two.


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!

Last: The Ignominious End of the Three Little Pigs

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