The Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, produced white bronze cemetery markers and monuments to order—none of the monuments were premade. The customer put together a marker paging through a catalog, choosing the frame, the panels, the epitaph, and the inscription. After that was done, then the local sales rep sent the order to company where it was made.
In the two photographs both customers, one at Forest Park, Illinois, and one at St. Clairsville, Ohio, chose the same statue of a woman standing holding an open book in her left hand, with her right hand raised upward with a finger pointing to the Heavens. But the monument in the Forest Home Cemetery at Forest Park had the statue mounted on a granite base 6 to 8 feet above the ground, while the monument in the Union Cemetery at St. Clairsville is made with a cast zinc base. Same statue but completely different treatment to order for each base.