House Behind The Trees

house-behingd-the-trees-detHere’s another photo shot by John Capewell that doesn’t give the viewer much to go on as far as place or time. My guess is that it is a house in Westville, New Jersey where Capewell and his family resided.

Here is the entire 7 inch by 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!


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3 Responses to House Behind The Trees

  1. Westville? I’m not so sure, Joe. The horizon suggests that Capewell may have exposed this negative on his trip up to Pennsylvania in 1917-1918.

    Best regards,

  2. Jim Bessing says:

    Plus the fence is a new attraction I don’t believe I’ve seen before! Whatcha think Joe?

  3. Joe_Williams says:

    Thanks for the comments and observations, Jerseyman and Jim. We would be nothing without our readers!

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