Turn on your wall with this dynamite poster!
I did a post on this poster a while back:
Television networks use the euphemistic term Encore Presentation to describe reruns, and that may seem to be the case with today’s post, but it’s not.When I was reviewing these digital prints from John Capewell’s glass negatives, I thought that I had shot multiples of the negative that I published a couple weeks ago. Upon closer examination, I noticed that the scratches and dust marks were different. Capewell shot two negatives from the same position.
When I decided to run with the negative of this place, I doubted whether anybody could identify definitively so I put it out to my readers. The incomparable Jerseyman proved me wrong.
This is an incredible photograph of the grist and saw mill in Almonesson, Deptford Township, Gloucester County. I have seen very few images of this mill and even the post card view in my collection is poor when compared with this photo!
Almonesson was originally known as Lambtown, named for Daniel Lamb, who constructed a cotton factory powered by a lake he created by damming the Almonesson Creek. He also constructed a one-story brick store at the site. During a spring freshet in March 1845, the dam burst and the ensuing torrent washed the mill away. Subsequent to this occurrence, Joseph Carrow purchased the mill seat and constructed a gristmill, but, this mill, like the cotton factory, was washed away by another freshet and dam failure in 1866. The partnership of G.D. Carman and Chalkley Ambler bought the mill seat and built the gristmill shown in Willceau’s photograph. The town changed its name to Almonesson when the United States Post Office Department opened the Almonesson Post Office in June 1872.
Sometime during 1900, L.D. Bozorth purchased the mill, the lake and the surrounding land and opened it as a resort in 1901. In the grove he constructed a dance pavilion, a merry-g0-round, swings, toboggan slide, etc., and the lake provided a wonderful experience for bathers and anglers. Bozorth did not permit adult beverages, so the grove made a wonderful site for Sunday School picnics. He also established an inn for those who wished to stay for a longer time than a day trip permitted. He operated the gristmill and a sawmill for a time, but by 1910, the mill was idled.
Thank you so very much for this incredible information, Jerseyman! I made the pictures a little larger this week so if you click on them, you’ll be able to take in the detail!
Here is the entire negative:
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: I’m Leaving it All Up to YouGrist and Saw Mill in Almonesson Television networks use the euphemistic term Encore Presentation to describe reruns, and that may seem to be the case with today’s post, but it’s not.
Last week I had showed you delightful readers Alex Ross’ version of a female Thor from the late 1990s. As it turns out, a few years before that another woman wielded Mjolnir!
And who was that lady with the impossibly hyper-extended fingers that would put Bela Lugosi to shame? (I tried to put my fingers in the same position to see if it was possible and got a tremendous charley-horse in my palm!)
It was Wonder Woman! Wait…what?!
This was part of what was supposed to be a historic crossover event between the two major comic book publishers and the answer to a fanboy’s dreams. Could Superman beat the Hulk? Is Captain America tougher than Batman? Crap like that. Extra dimensional, god-like beings do the whole “who is more worthy” routine that was beaten to death in episodes of Star Trek and get the universes together to play a cosmic version of Mortal Combat. I had liked the other Marvel/DC cross-overs particularly the first one back in the ’70s where Superman meets up with Spider-Man so I went along for the ride. Sadly, this wasn’t in the same league. It felt rushed and there were a lot of missed opportunities never explored.
But Wonder Woman becoming Thor was an intriguing notion. In the story, Thor drops his hammer (I hate when that happens) and Wonder Woman being a warrior princess is worthy and is able to lift the Mighty Mjolnir. In doing so, she becomes Thor. Cool idea. It doesn’t last.
The change was never going to be permanent, but it would have been neat if she was this amalgam Wonder Thor for the rest of the brief run. It was one of the few clever ideas in this lackluster series.
As I said, it was a brief series. I think it could have gone on longer and been better thought out. There was missed opportunities. Hulk had Banner’s intelligence at that time and probably would have out-thought Superman. Thor fighting Captain Marvel was interesting due to the lightning theme, but he should have fought Superman or Wonder Woman. It’s been a while and forget who fought who. I may have to reread this one.Thor Was a Lady Before Last week I had showed you delightful readers Alex Ross’ version of a female Thor from the late 1990s.
This pasta has capers, anchovies, crushed red pepper, tomatoes, and is heavy on the garlic. I wasn’t sure that my son was going to like it since I got the side eye as he watched me add the anchovies to the saute pan. I’m happy to report that it got his stamp of approval, and mine – it was absolutely delicious! (more…)
Today we’re celebrating our 5th anniversary at Willceau Illo News! Thanks for dropping by our little junk drawer, and for your comments, links, and pins.
This may or may not be related to the photo shot by John Capewell that I posted last week. It may be a different angle of last week’s shot or an entirely different body of water all together. As the song says, dear readers, I’m leaving it all up to you!