Monthly Archives: January 2016

Babies on the Half Shell

The Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog made its debut in 1893. The catalogs carried everything: shoes, watches, jewelry, sewing machines, musical instruments, baby carriages, saddles, bicycles, Edison’s gramophones. And, yes, they even carried gravestones. In 1906, the catalog advertised a … Continue reading

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Heartless

One of the most oft visited graves in the Père Lachaise Cemetery at Paris, France, is that of Frédéric François Chopin (February 22 or 1 March 1810 – October 17, 1849), the Polish composer and prodigy who was considered one of … Continue reading

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The Flint Granite Company

  The Flint Granite Company of New York was, according to their brochure, “builders of artistic memorials in granite, marble and bronze.” Like many companies, The Flint Granite Company issued a catalog for potential customers showing the various sorts of … Continue reading

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Cherubs

FRANK F. JR. BELOVED SON OF FRANK F. & IRMA H. JONES AUG. 5, 1916 – SEPT. 12, 1919 Sculptures of cherubs often adorn the graves of children. Here, two examples are found in the Elmwood Cemetery at Charlotte, North … Continue reading

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Doppelganger Revisited

Doppelganger is a word that refers to two people who look the same.  Look-a-likes.   It is a German word that translates to “double goer”.  Popular television shows run photos next to each other showing actors and actresses together to show … Continue reading

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The Lamb and the Sea Shell

EULIS CALLOWAY FEB. 1, 1900 FEB. 27, 1932 Gone but not forgotten. This small square-top soft white marble tablet in the Elmwood Cemetery at Charlotte, North Carolina, shows a lamb, nestled into a sea shell.  The shell is a symbol of … Continue reading

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The Wreath

Various gravestones in the Elmwood Cemetery at Charlotte, North Carolina, display a wreath. The wreath on the William E. Beaver (May 7, 1871 – January 29, 1949) and Nancy J. Joyner Beaver (February 19, 1871 – June 25, 1939) family … Continue reading

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