Monthly Archives: July 2012

Open Book

The tombstone above is topped with an oxidized copper sculpture of an open book.  The open book is a fairly common symbol found on gravestones. The motif can represent the Book of Life with the names of the just registered on its pages.  … Continue reading

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Tree-Stump Veteran Tombstone

  The tree-stump tombstone in the photo above is typical of the era.  The tombstone is carved to look like a tree.  The limbs are cut from the tree. There is a small vine twining up the base and a flap … Continue reading

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Tree-stump and the railroad lantern

Tree stump tombstones, generally carved from limestone, were a part of the rustic movement of the mid-nineteenth century which was characterized by designs that were made to look like they were from the country. The gravestones are purposefully designed to … Continue reading

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Century Plant

Centered at the base of the elaborate Victorian-era Starr Family Monument in the Forest Lawn Cemetery at Buffalo, New York, is a century plant. Many Christian symbols have been appropriated because of the qualities of the animal or the plant are … Continue reading

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An Animal’s Best Friend

Long before there was a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals founded in 1980), there was the ASPCA (America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals).  Founded in 1866 by Henry Bergh, the organization sought to educate … Continue reading

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Man’s Best Friend

This marker in the Cave Hill Cemetery at Louisville, Kentucky, displays the bronze sculpture of a dog awaiting the return of his master.  He looks expectantly at the gravestone in the distance while he sits by a granite bench with … Continue reading

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