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The Circle of Life in a Wagon Wheel

  In funerary art, tombstones took on the look of tree stumps during the rustic movement. The gravestones were purposefully designed to look like trees that had been cut and left in the cemetery to mark a grave. Most of … Continue reading

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Mario Korbel

Mario Joseph Korbel (March 22, 1882 – March 31, 1954) was a noted Czech-American sculptor who worked on several commissions for monuments that are found in cemeteries in Illinois and Iowa. Like many artists, including Daniel Chester French, Aldabert Volck, … Continue reading

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I.N.R.I.

In many cemeteries, especially Catholic cemeteries, one is likely to find the crucifixion as part of the symbols adorning the gravestones.  In this case in the St. Martin Cemetery at Whitefield, Indiana, the letters “I.N.R.I” are written above the crucified … Continue reading

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Look-a-likes

Chester Alan Arthur (b. October 5, 1829, Fairfield, Vermont – November 18, 1886) was the 21st President of the United States (1881–85). He assumed the office upon the death of James Garfield who was felled by an assassin’s bullet and a host of … Continue reading

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Edna Miriam Paul

EDNA MIRIAM PAUL BORN AUG. 23, 1897 DIED MAY 2, 1907. Many hopes are buried here The likeness of 9 ½ year old Edna Miriam Paul in the St. Luke Cemetery at Chicago, Illinois, was created in the Victorian style … Continue reading

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Improved Order of the Red Men

The metal marker found in the Ancient Cemetery at Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, marks the grave of a member of the Improved Order of Red Men (I.O.R.M.), which claims its beginnings with the patriots who were in the Sons of Liberty … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween

To commemorate Halloween, I wanted to revisit two monuments that I have written about earlier. The monument above, sculpted by Lorado Taft, one of the premier sculptors of his day, was created to honor Dexter Graves, an early Chicago pioneer.  The bronze figure … Continue reading

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