Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Pineapple

The pineapple won its name because the outside of the fruit looked like a pinecone and the fleshy interior was reminiscent of an apple—hence the name—pine+apple. Since the early days of Spanish exploration of the Caribbean, the pineapple was recognized as a … Continue reading

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The Lyre

Often symbolism is highly stylized in the metalwork surrounding tombs and crypts. The gate to the Albert Crima Family crypt in the Saint Louis Cemetery, Number One at New Orleans, Louisiana, for example, has a stylized lyre. The lyre is … Continue reading

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The Arrow

Surrounding the Appolinaire Perrault Family Crypt in the Saint Louis Cemetery Number One at New Orleans, Louisiana, is a gate with two arrows crossing. The arrow represents martyrdom and mortality.

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Angel in prayer

An elaborate fence with marble fence posts and cast iron railings surround the William A. Brady Sr. gravestone within the Saint Patrick Cemetery Number Two at New Orleans.  The cast iron gate is another fine example of the symbolism to … Continue reading

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Odd Fellows

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is a fraternal organization that formed in England in the 1700s as a service organization. The American association was founded in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819. According to the I.O.O.F. Website, “Thomas Wildey … Continue reading

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The Flame

The Taylor Dufilho Family Crypt in the Lafayette Cemetery Number 1 at New Orleans, Louisiana, is topped with a flame rising out of a garland-festooned urn.  Here the ironwork surrounding the crypt is repeating the symbol of the flame in the … Continue reading

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Iron work

Symbolism and funerary art found in cemeteries is not limited to the gravestones.  Rich detail and iconography can also be found in the gates and iron work that surround many graves and adorn mausoleums.  The Cypress Grove Cemetery in New … Continue reading

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Name Change

Actors have long since dropped their birth names for stage names—Minnesota born Frances Ethel Gumm acted and sang her way into American hearts as Judy Garland; Iowa boy Marion Morrison rode horse back into film as cowboy John Wayne; and … Continue reading

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Moorish Revival

General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (May 28, 1818 – February 20, 1893) was one of the most prominent and successful generals in the Confederate Army.  Beauregard commanded the defenses at Fort Sumter, and later at the First Battle of Bull … Continue reading

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Badge #1620

Many tree-stump gravestones were carved to showcase individual characteristics about the deceased for which the marker was made.  In this case, the tree-stump marker was carved for 40-year old James J. Keefe who had been a police officer (Badge #1620) in … Continue reading

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