Here’s another picture of what I assume is one of John and Ella Capewell’s sons, but I’m not so sure. The hat and clothing on the baby look sort of feminine making me think it may be a girl. Of course, it may be a Christening gown.
We’ve seen the young girl on the left before in a number of these negatives. Most recently she was in the Cousin Among the Corn post. I assume she is one of John Capewell’s nieces since records indicate that John and Ella only had the two sons.
We’ve seen the same field in the background in a number of these shots. It was either Capewell’s back yard or he really liked shooting here.
I wonder if the wicker baby carriage was purchased as part of a set with the wicker rocking chair in last week’s post. Like the chair, it looks brand new.
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 Week: Baby in a Wicker Rocker