The infant was probably one of John Capewell’s sons, but I’m not sure which. The wicker chair looks to be sturdy and very new. It may have been something John acquired for Ella in expectation of their first born which would have been John, Jr. Buying a rocking chair is something that all new parents seem to do.
Of course, it may a niece, nephew or neighbor’s kid.
The field behind the child looks familiar. We’ve seen it in some of the other negatives. My guess is that it’s Westville which is in Gloucester County in Southern New Jersey. This is back when the Garden State was wider open than it is today.
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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This is the same field in which John took the photo of the baseball team.
I thought it looked familiar! Thanks, JERSEYMAN!!!