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The Ubiquitous Urn

According to James Deetz and Edwin S. Dethlefsen, in their groundbreaking article, “Death’s Head, Cherub, Urn and Willow” the willow first made its appearance in cemeteries in the early 18th century.  The motif represented a break from the stark and … Continue reading

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Variations

The Adolph Zang monument is a variation of the previous monuments found in Muncie, Brooklyn, and Colma, with the design being featured in the Dodds Granite Company catalog.  For one thing, the exedra is gone from this monument–only the monolith … Continue reading

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Dodds Granite Company, Muncie, Brooklyn, and Colma

JOHN EDGAR JOHNSON SR. AUGUST 16, 1873 MARCH 30, 1919 The John Edgar Johnson Sr. monument in the Beach Grove Cemetery in Muncie, Indiana,is described and pictured in the Dodds Granite Company catalog.  The advertising copy described the monument: “There … Continue reading

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The New England Granite Works

EDWIN LISTER BORN SEPTEMBER 10, 1829 DIED MAY 18, 1898 LISTER The 12-foot high Edwin Lister monument stands on a slope in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York.  The monument was created by New England Granite Works Company … Continue reading

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EXCEPIT ILLUM MAGNA ET AETERNA PAX

THOMAS TRUEMAN GAFF 1854-1923 “EXCEPIT ILLUM MAGNA ET AETERNA PAX” The memorial statue on the Thomas Trueman Gaff grave in St. Paul’s Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C., as described by the Smithsonian Art Inventory Catalog: “The memorial features a … Continue reading

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Eroded Epitaph, Missing Words Deciphered by Two Alert Readers!

CHARLES N. SHEPARD DIED Nov. 19. 1874. AE. 55 yrs. 11 mos. Passing strangers call this not A place of fear and gloom We love to linger round this spot It is our father’s tomb. The Charles Shepard’s epitaph on … Continue reading

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Eroded Epitaph

CHARLES N. SHEPARD DIED Nov. 19. 1874. AE. 55 yrs. 11 mos. Passing strangers —-  —– not A place of fear and gloom We love to linger round this spot It is our father’s tomb. The Charles Shepard’s epitaph on … Continue reading

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