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Apr 24, 2014 / 1 note

This Old Shack

this-old-shack-detHere’s a photo that I’m assuming John Capewell shot somewhere during a trip, but I don’t know where. Capewell travelled and he took his camera with him although it was somewhat more arduous than an Instamatic. There is a Union and Confederate flag among the rifles and cannonballs so I’m wondering if it was during a trip below the Mason Dixon Line.


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Apr 23, 2014 / 1 note

Easter Photo Restoration


The problem with old color photographs is they fade. Here we have photo of Joe (center) and his siblings, John and Karen – looking like set extras on Mad Men.  (more…)

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Apr 22, 2014
Apr 21, 2014

Pineapple Upside - Down Cake

Pineapple Upside – Down Cake



Pineapple upside-down cake is a classic dessert that dates from the 1920s. James Dole, owner of The Hawaiian Pineapple Company invested in a machine in 1913 that peeled and cored pineapples, and made the formerly exotic fruit affordable and on pantry shelves all over the country. In 1926, Dole held a pineapple recipe contest and received thousands of recipes for pineapple upside-down cake! It…

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Fat Albert van by GavKasso on Flickr.
Apr 20, 2014

Fat Albert van by GavKasso on Flickr.

Happy Easter!
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 18, 2014

Friday Five - Number Fifty Five

Friday Five – Number Fifty Five



Fifty fifth in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Apr 17, 2014
Apr 17, 2014 / 1 note

1st-Holy-CommunionWhen I was first sorting through the 200 negatives that comprise the Capewell Glass Negative Collection, I assumed that this girl who shows up in a lot of the photos of John Capewell’s immediate family was his daughter. As I published these photos, friends and readers came forth with census information showing that she wasn’t his daughter. My guess is that she was a niece.

Sadly, I don’t have more information on this young lady. I’m hoping that some relative or descendant out there has a print struck from Capewell’s negative a hundred or so years ago. This was somebody’s grand or great grandmother.

The niece looks to be celebrating here First Holy Communion.

Regular viewers will recognize the field in the background. Capewell used it as a backdrop in a number of these photographs. It’s probably Westville, New Jersey where the Capewells resided.

First Holy Communion

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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First Holy Communion When I was first sorting through the 200 negatives that comprise the Capewell Glass Negative Collection, I assumed that this girl who shows up in a lot of the photos of John Capewell’s immediate family was his daughter.
Burt Reynolds, Ask Me What I Am by Bart&Co. on Flickr.
Apr 16, 2014
Apr 16, 2014

Dyeing Easter Eggs


I haven’t dyed Easter eggs since grade school. I remember Easter egg hunts with kids racing around like lunatics diving under bushes grabbing every egg they could get their hands on, while I was content to sit under a tree and watch. I suppose the fact that I loathe hard boiled eggs may have had something to do with it. I was more of a “plastic-egg-filled-with-candy” kind of kid. (more…)

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Apr 15, 2014

Boot Error!

boot-errorHaving completed my buddy Dan’s mighty Customac Pro, I decided to turn my attentions to my smaller but still wonderful Customac Mini and show it a little tender loving care in the form of a brand new hard-drive. The problem was that my little ersatz Mac did not accept my gift in the spirit in which it was offered. (more…)

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