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In Stone and Iron

The A. C. Peck mausoleum and the Lynes-Peters mausoleum in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, both display the winged hourglass symbol prominently. The Peck mausoleum displays the symbol on the iron gate that guards the entrance to the tomb.  … Continue reading

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The Cross and the Crown

The stained-glass window in a mausoleum in the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia, displays a radiant cross and crown. The crown is a symbol of glory and victory over death.  The reward awaits in Heaven where the victor will receive … Continue reading

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Walking Past the Mundane

Sometimes we walk by the mundane and pay no attention like I did recently in a cemetery in Kentucky.  Then when I looked across the cemetery, I suddenly spotted a wide variety of basket hangers. I must admit, I never … Continue reading

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Art Nouveau

The Tiedeman mausoleum in the Bonaventure Cemetery, in Savannah, Georgia, with a rounded roof line is an outstanding example of Art Nouveau design.  The flowing design on the bronze doors exhibit the characteristics of the movement that made it popular. … Continue reading

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It’s all about the business

IN MEMORY OF FRED WESSELS, SENIOR WHOSE VISION, FAITH AND COURAGE MADE THESE COMPANIES POSSIBLE ATLANTIC MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY SOUTHERN SAVINGS & LOAN COMPANY ATLANTIC INSURANCE & INVESTMENT COMPANY Fred Wessels, Senior was born on October 26th, 1879, in Savannah, … Continue reading

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Which Bearded Mythological Character Is More Buff?

There are many images of Death at the door.  The question when the door opens is, “Who is knocking—is it the Grim Reaper or is it Father Time?” The differences between the two are subtle, especially since they are both … Continue reading

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Victorian Melange, Take 2

  SEBASTIANO ORSINI BORN IN SIRACUSA, ITALY, FEB. 3. 1873. DIED IN SAVANNAH, JAN. 9. 1918. A TRUE AND KIND MAN.  A FAITHFUL HUSBAND, LIVED A QUITE BUT USEFUL LIFE, AND DIED REGRETTED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM.   SALVATRICE … Continue reading

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