Monthly Archives: October 2017

Neo-classical mourning figure

IN LOVING MEMORY OF JOHN SPENCER BORN 1811 – DIED 1854 CATHERINE SPENCER BORN 1811 – DIED 1874 MARY ANN SPENCER BORN 1840 – DIED 1919   Adolph Alexander Weinman (December 11, 1870 – August 8, 1952) was a noted … Continue reading

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ROBERT GOLDEN DONALDSON 1876 – 1940 ANTOINETTE COLETTE DONALDSON DIED SEPT 13, 1927 In his book, Saving Graces, published by W. W. Norton & Company in 1995, David Robinson identified four categories of “Saving Graces”: Women completely overcome by grief, often portrayed … Continue reading

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A birthday wish

Today is my birthday and a friend of mine sent the following birthday wish: May your epitaph be a long way away and as clever as these:   If cash thou art in want of any, Dig four feet deep … Continue reading

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Uncomfortable Coexistence

Lawrence McMahon 1845 – 1941 Jennie McMahon 1847 – 1907 The pyramid-shaped tomb of Lawrence McMahon, a retired pharmacy chain store businessman, and his wife, Jennie, in the Calvary Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was designed by Herman Buemming.  McMahon commissioned … Continue reading

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